Saturday, December 13, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet & current car) Coco Suburban
2. YOUR ROCKSTAR TOUR'S NAME: ("The" + Your fave hobby/craft, fave weather element + “Tour”)The Storybooking Sun Tour
3. YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (fave ice cream flavor, favorite cookie) Huckleberry Choc.Chip - this hardly sounds "gangsta" -- it's more like a character from the Cartoon network!
4. YOUR “FLY Guy/Girl” NAME: (first initial of first name, first three letters of your last name) P-Hug
5. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME:(fave color, fave pet) Pink Kitty (that is sooooooo girly!)
6. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born) Eileen Oakland
7. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first) HugPe
8. SUPERHERO NAME: ("The" + 2nd favorite color, favorite drink) The Green Lemonade
9. NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers or grandmothers) Winnona Mable
10. STRIPPER NAME: (the name of your favorite perfume/cologne/scent, favorite candy) Cashmere Peppermint Patty
11. WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s & father’s middle names ) Maureen Lewis
12. TV WEATHER ANCHOR NAME: (Your 5th grade teacher’s last name, a major city that starts with the same letter) Neal Nashville
13. SPY NAME: (your favorite season/holiday, flower) Summer Camelia
14. CARTOON NAME: (favorite fruit, article of clothing you’re wearing right now + “ie” or “y”) Necatrine Thermalie
15. HIPPY NAME: (What you ate for breakfast, your favorite tree) Sweet Potato Mimosa
Monday, October 6, 2008
I feel so blessed to be able to watch the proceedings from the comfort of my home with my family gathered around. We started off Saturday morning with Breakfast Burritos and Sunday morning with cinamon rolls, eggs, fried potatoes, juice and well......we were stuffed to oblivion! It makes it kind of hard to sit and listen for hours but we managed! 2 days of laying around and eating ourselves silly is going to require some extra time on the treadmill this week!
Although I took a few brief notes, I enjoy when the Ensign comes out or the printed version comes out on the internet! http://www.lds.org/conference/sessions/display/0,5239,23-1-947,00.html
I was particularly touched by Elder L.Tom Perry's talk on cycles and changes in life. Boy could I related to that one. He talked about Thoreau's life (especially the 2 years in seculsion) and what he gained from it all. I enjoyed his comparison of Thoreau's basic needs in life to our basic needs. Food, Clothing, Shelter and Fuel. Elder Perry related all these in a spiritual sense.
I LOVED Elder Dallin H. Oaks talk and his words on the Sacrament/Sacrament meeting. Oh how I was happy to hear this from the pulpit! I think that we need a reminder as a people of the sacredness of the sacrament and preparation.
Elder Bednar's talk on Prayer was powerful for me.......I was so entranced that I could barely take notes.
And our beloved Thomas S. Monson...........a prophet of God. "Nothing is as constant as change". Isn't that the truth! "Decide what is important and what is not". "Find joy in the journey now" His talk really resonated in my heart...........and not only with the gospel with my business - as one who helps people understand the importance of making memories with our families and creating/sharing traditions. I loved it! Family is the most important thing and taking time with them to build memories is key to building traditions. Preserving those memories and traditions is essentail to passing on our legacy.
I could go on and on but I won't. Promise me that you'll take some time this week to read the talks online this week, or go on now and listen to a few! Even if you aren't lds......you just might be touched a bit at such words of hope and encouragement.
I gathered much strength from this weekend of powerful words from such great men and women is such trying times. We've had a year or more of some trying times in our home and I feel so blessed to have the knowledge and faith in prayer with a loving Heavenly Father who knows our needs, our desires and our ability to endure.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Heritage Makers Annual Reunion in Anaheim this past weekend was AMAZING.
It was the "all about me" weekend as we all joked! I had been waiting an entire year for my offical recognition for attaining Director status within the Leadership Ranks of the company.
This was a moment I had been dreaming of for a long time and it all was in slow motion for me and I wanted to stand there forever, listening to 400+ people cheer for me and snap my picture. Total Paparazzi moment..................and I loved every minute of it! Yeah, it's true, I can't tell a lie, you know me. Chris Lee our CEO and Doug Cloward our co-founder are in the picutre with me.
Here are Kym and I and a few of our consultants who attended with us. This theme night was "Racing to Reunion" so we were suited up for "the race". We had a weekend of laughs, tears, learning and sharing................I am so blessed to be able to associate with such great and strong women who share the same values of family and heritage as I do. And yet I know there are so many more out there! How did I get so lucky?
It truly was a great weekend and my heart is full of gratitude for those who have~
- had the courage to share their vision
- march forward when everyone tells them they can't "do it
- sacraficed so much to help me and others like me
- filled there lives with goodness
I am truly blessed. I came away from this weekend even more dedicated to my own personal vision of preserving heritage ~ with a desire to inspire everyone that passes my way!
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
So, should I rename this blog? comment with your suggestions and.........no hard feelings, really! I welcome any suggestions and concerns.
Don't be shy!
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
The other day, I had to have our sweet little Nala put to sleep. She was the best cat I had ever had over the past 40 years of cats. She followed me around the house, played well and we really connected. Okay, I know she was just a cat but I loved her dearly.
For some reason, she started having "potty" issues and I could not tolerate it. I really did try to figure it all out but couldn't. Very furstrating. No one would want an indoor cat that has a bladder problem. Thank goodness it contained to one room that is vacant.
I bawled like a baby which suprised me. I thought I was tougher than that. I lost "my little shadow" and my morning buddy. She used to love to sit with me while I read my scriptures in the morning and we'd "argue" about the little ribbon -- what a fascination for her.
I"m taking a little break from kitties for a while, but not forever.............
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
I did end up taking a few swings and my ideas of golf were proved ture. I am terrible at trying to hit that little white ball and ...........it's boring.
It was fun to watch everyone and the girls actually had a good time and will be taking some private lessons! Hannah had a blast driving the cart and after all the years of driving a Quad out at the dunes, realized that using a steering wheel is much different than handle bars. She had fun and made sure she parked me in the SUN every time we stopped. Mike was a great sport as these 9 holes took us 2.5 hours! Leah was his chauffer! Thanks for the cheesy pose, girls! This is the "Are we having fun yet" Smile.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Today during a lesson in Relief Society, we were talking about our Divine Worth and my eyes were drawn to the YW theme that we have on the wall. I had a great "ah ha" moment and just could not contain myself -- had to share.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
-In March, your vehicle is 43% mud.
- You leave your keys in the car and the next morning it's still there.
-Saturday night at the grocery store is like Nordstom’s Anniverary Sale!
- You installed your new computer using a Leatherman tool.
-You see “Enrichment night” reminder signs on people’s front lawn.
-Half the kids in your kids school class are cousins.
- You hear the words "stream" or "brook" pronounced "crick."
-People say the live “out to” (city name) instead of “in”. (that’s even the teachers!)
- The elevation exceeds the population.
- You can see the stars at night.
- People drive 200 miles to shop in a real mall. (Oh the Utah Trips!)
- A rodeo is more popular than a rock concert.
- You can fish, golf, and go skiing all in the same day if you try hard enough.
- Yellow light means "follow the car in front of you no matter what."
- Democrats are like salmon, they are on the endangered species list.
- You wave to someone on the freeway because you recognize the truck.
-You know several people who have hit a deer more than once.
-You’ve seen moose in your backyard.
-You can drive 65mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard, without flinching.
-You see people wearing camouflage at social events (including weddings).
-You design your kid’s Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.
-Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow.
-Your idea of creative landscaping is a statue of a deer next to your blue spruce.
-The Local News looks like a rerun from “Wayne’s World”
-The town’s claim to fame is that they have had snow every month of the year.
Last but not least….
-Your kids get 10 days off school in October for Spud Harvest; and they actually work it!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I had many thoughts come through my mind while doing all this.
- Many issues in our lives that should be done "right" or taken care of immediately get very difficult to resolve or change if they sit for too long.
- Had we insisted on something being done right in the first place, the "clean up" would not exists.
- From afar, sometimes, things look fine! But up close inspection can tell us differently and we see what really needs to be done.
- Fixing or changing something is sometimes grueling work but if we don't do it -- it will never get better.
I didn't really enjoy the sunburn, the sore back, blisters on my hands and sheer exhaustion from all this (and I"m not done yet) but it's getting better.
And so it is, with life..................................
Saturday, June 7, 2008
We got such a late start that I knew we'd have to hotel it ....RATS! Then, meals out and more gas and driving around, then the clothing and accessory expenditures........ugh. Well, next year she gets a trip to K-Mart on her bike!
All in all we had a nice time. Did I mention that our little Toyota Scion is now the car I drive? hahahahahaha. And you can bet I have a list with me to get everything done in one trip.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
I'm about DONE with Idaho! We are just having terrible weather and summer just won't come. I bought annuals for all my pots last week and today, I couldn't stand it anymore and I put on my fleece jacket, ear warmers and braved the wind/clouds/sprinkles. Will they grow? I don't know.......we have not had sun in over a week now. This is typical for Seattle but not here.
More on Idaho............. Todays news cast was very revealing about where I live these days.
- The newscaster was excited about "the moisture" we are getting. She was not going to have to "irrigate" this weekend! Irrigate? Does she live on a farm? Now, you must know, the word moisture is used regularly around here...It's not rain or snow, it's moisture. Basically they'll take what they can get.
- Our Govenor was just shown on a news brief and he actually said "Pocatella".....It's Pocatello (with an "O")
- A story on a soldier returning home from his second tour in Iraq (should we be calling it a tour? it just doens't sound right). His family suprised him with a new drift boat. Apparently this boat is for fly fishing. News to me for sure. The funny part was, during the interview it was revealed that it was not a suprise and he knew about it the whole time that his wife was ordering it. Why did they even air this ridiculous story!
At least our news sets here don't look like a Idaho-ized "Waynes World" set anymore. I could barely stand to watch the news when we got here but between me being desensitized and the stations stepping it up a bit - I can watch nearly every day now!
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Today was the last day of school - I can hardly believe this school year is over. Hannah and Leah are off playing and celebrating, Devon is in Seattle and I'm home alone. I have a ton of things I should be doing but, instead I am procrastinating and doing this instead.
Life is interesting. When my kids were young I was so overwhelmed with life and longed for the day that everyone was a bit more indepenedent. Well, now they are and I wish I had savored the good times a bit more and of course, taken MORE pictures and journaled them.
I have loved my business with Heritage Makers. I have loved a business that inspires me to record my memories and stories, putting them in beautiful books (http://www.leavesoflegacy.org) that's my website. Drop by!
Devon travels regularly to Seattle to keep business rolling there. We seem to get along pretty good - the girls and I. I think the hard part is for Devon as he is divided between two worlds. He wants to come home from work and hang with the family and that's just not possible right now. The yard is calling him this summer and the landscapers will just have to fill in. Tanner will be coming up from Provo for a week or so to help me get some of the initial work done so when the crew arrives, it's ready.
Am I really 45 this year? Where does the time go? My body feels older, my skin looks older and yet my mind is still pretty young -- except for the forgetting part! hahahahahahaha
Life is good. I am grateful. I am blessed.