Monday, March 2, 2009

Random Monday

I haven't posted in a while because I've been having WAY too much fun on Facebook. Sorry for the defection!

I will post here occasionally because there are things that I still want to journal in my life some of which have happened this last week but first I wanted to share a great and funny video. Check it out! Entitled: Everything is amazing but nobody is happy

It looks like we are moving to Utah! We should find out for sure in the next week or so. It is a good move for us in so many ways. Our kids are there and they are WAY excited that we are coming. And to me, that is amazing. What a blessing it is to have your grown children actually WANT you to be closer. Even our son-in-law is excited for us to be there. Wow! Utterly incredible.

We are already looking at home rentals and have found a couple that we are keeping our fingers crossed will still be available when we are ready. I have just been praying that the Lord will guide and direct us to where we need to be.

So I've had another surgery last week. Last night I was whining to my husband that my body looks like a full on science experiment. With a double mastectomy, hysterectomy, laparascopy, portacath surgery and now a gall bladder surgery I can definitely qualify for the bride of Frankenstein! Geezo Peezo.

I've told the surgeon that we have GOT to stop meeting like this. I am running out of things to cut out.

Hope all is well out there in blogland. I might be stopping by today and saying hi!!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Robot Party

I loved that our kids were raised in the mission field. Going to a high school where you are only one of a few mormon kids gave my kids lots of opportunities to share the gospel, teach about our religion and bear their testimonies. Being a member of the church made them different and they stood out in the crowd. And even though it was hard at times, I would say that my kids enjoyed being set apart because of their membership in the church.

We always sent them to EFY and while they liked being different at home, during that week, they loved being with so many others that believed the same way that they did. I loved that they were supported in the righteous decisions that they were making in their lives. One time when I went to pick them up, on the cement was written "We LOVE modest girls!" How great to be supported and be told that LDS boys don't like it when girls wear spaghetti strap dresses and that "Modest is the Hottest!"
As they got older and it was nearing the time to go to college, they couldn't wait to attend a church college where they could be surrounded with others who believed as they did just like EFY.
Which brings me to these pictures! My youngest daughter is attending BYU in Provo and last semester someone in her apartment complex had an 80's party and everyone came dressed up from the 1980's. This semester, they had a robot party!! My daughter is in the silver costume and her roomate is in the gold. How grateful I am for these wonderful church colleges where these young adults can have some good clean fun!


Thursday, January 22, 2009


I need help with my New Year’s Resolution. Which was to make healthier food choices.
It wasn’t to LOSE WEIGHT,
AND it wasn’t to GET IN SHAPE, although I do admit that I was hoping that those things would happen naturally if I just chose to eat healthier.

I have got to think more of what I put in MY MOUTH!

As a cancer survivor, there are times that I feel so guilty that Heavenly Father has allowed me to live and now I am not taking care of the body that he has blessed me with.


Hey, I know what I NEED!! I need BOB!!!

Not this Bob.


I much prefer Bob to Jillian.

Yes, I know. Jillian is tough. Every muscle in her body is tight, even the muscles that can be found in her EYELIDS!

This is not ugly envy in me surging to the surface, but I don’t even think Jillian is all that pretty. And neither does my husband. GOOD ANSWER HUBBY!

But Bob. He is a kinder, more gentler Bob. He’s serious but he is more softer around the edges than is JILLIAN!!

So….if you got to choose a trainer….who would you choose?

Bob?............or Jillian?

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Blog vs. Facebook

Recently one of my very best friends got set up on Facebook and is having a blast. She nagged and nagged me to get set up too and I finally caved. And it is WAY fun! A TON of my old seminary students are now my friends and I have gotten caught up on what they are doing in their lives. I LOVE IT!

But now here's my dilemma~~~~Do I blog or do I Facebook?

I work 9 hours a day and my commute is 45 minutes each way so I am gone from home 10 1/2 hours a day and I don't have time to do both! Waaaaaaaahhhhh! (Debbie is being tempted to buy a DAILY lottery ticket so she won't have to work! Yeah THAT'S the answer!!)

So I am going underground for a while and will be playing on Facebook to see which I'd rather do.

Do Ya'll do both? Facebook AND blog??

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Jumpin' on the bandwagon

Deadline for this was Monday, January 5 at noon. But please visit his website to see more of his artwork. See link below.

Okay, this is a no brainer. Follow the instructions below to receive a FREE 8x10 from a very talented artist. Quit reading....start copying and posting!!

I wanted to share these beautiful pictures and what the artist has to say about each one of them! Everyone can win a FREE signed 8x10 print of your choice (out of the three prints shown), by copying and posting to your blog or website this whole post! After you post, then send an e-mail to David ( with your website or blog address telling him you posted it and that you read about this offer on my blog. Also send him your name and mailing address and he will send your signed 8x10 print of your choice.David Bowman: has had a passion for art ever since he could pick up a pencil. He loves creating images of the Savior that inspire and uplift. Along with his Christian fine art, David has also written and illustrated a series of scripture storybooks for children titled "Who's Your Hero". Check out his website at to see more of his precious art.
"Innocence"The Savior tells us we need to become as little children to inherit the kingdom of God. I've often wondered what it is about little children Jesus loves most, and I think its their innocence. They are clean slates, seeing the world and others through untarnished eyes. Their hearts are pure, without the baggage of cynicism and self-doubt. In this piece, I've tried to imagine how a child would act upon meeting the Master for the first time. Without reservation or inhibition, I think he would simply want to play with Him. He would be at complete ease, allowing his pure little heart to soak in the love and laughter of His pure, infinite heart. Its no wonder Christ delights in these little ones and sets them up to be our examples.
"Security"One of the greatest human needs is a sense of security. In all aspects of life, we naturally gravitate towards anything that makes us feel safe. In this piece, I wanted to convey a sense of complete peace and calm like only the Savior can provide. It's a security that allows us to rest assured, without fear or worry, when we put ourselves trustingly in His arms. Little children have that inherent kind of trust in their parents, so it's fitting that the man and girl who modeled for "Security" are actually father and daughter. They generatedthe exact feel I was looking for.
"My Child"This piece conveys an intimate, up-close-and-personal feeling of the Savior's love. Notice how all the lines draw your attention and point towards Jesus' face in the center. I chose the name "My Child" because the only thing that could compare (even remotely) to Christ's compassion for us is the love of a parent for his/her child. This image is also intended to put things in perspective. Above all, we are God's children first. He allows us the privilege of experiencing parenthood for ourselves and we are entrusted to be the mothers and fathers of His children here on earth.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Rewinding my life.....

Blogging has been somewhat difficult the past 6 weeks or so. Thanksgiving hit with a bang and then I was off for a week to San Diego for a conference for my school district. And then Christmas! So I am going to rewind my life back to Thanksgiving and blog from there! Here goes:

We drove to Utah for Thanksgiving and had a wonderful dinner in Orem with my in-laws. Scored some major good deals during shopping the day after Thanksgiving up in Park City.

AND was time to meet some of my favorite blogging gals! These ladies were even more amazing in person! They are much more beautiful than their picture and we had the BEST time! What a treat it was to meet them.

Here we are ~ Binders, Pam (comcewen's), Me with the VERY fashionable reading glasses hanging down my front, Jeni (Tink) and Jodi (Redhoodos)

Lovely, lovely ladies!!!

Then it was time to head home and for an unexpected little adventure! There is a restaurant that we pass everytime we go and come from Utah. We always joke about it but this time we decided to stop! The restaurant is Peggy Sue's 50's Diner and what a hoot it was!

I didn't have my camera so I had to take pictures with my cell phone but here is Peggy Sue's

And here is a picture of the talented painting inside the women's bathroom

Peggy Sue's is off the 15 fwy in the middle of nowhere. What does the middle of nowhere look like you ask? I know the picture is small, but this is what the middle of nowhere looks like:

The food was appropriately greasy and they actually had one of the best malts that I have had in a while. I LOVE malts much more than shakes! So, it was a fun diversion and we made it home safe and sound.
Coming up in the next post - Christmas, Amish Country and Colonial Williamsburg!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Kneeling Santa

I have one of these statues in my home and it is by far the favorite christmas decoration of everyone in my family. Two years ago, when we went to put away Christmas, my son wanted to keep this out for the whole year.

One last thought before I sign off until 2009! In Primary last Sunday, during her sharing time on Christmas, one of the primary counselors read the following scripture: "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Begotten Son."

To make this more personal to ourselves and to our children, remove the word "world" and put in a name.

For God so loved "Mason", that He gave His only Begotten Son.

Merry Christmas Everyone

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