Saturday, December 13, 2008

That's a POTATO!


Thanksgiving was a few weeks ago, I know. I'm just behind, okay? This is a massive potato, as you can see. I could barely hold on to this puppy while I was peeling it. I had to use about 4 or 5 of these for our Thanksgiving Dinner, feeding 14! We had a nice time together with our guests - my parents and a young couple from Hungary who are students in Utah, Kirk, Kym and kids. Hannah did a beautiful job with the table decorations and setting. It's her "thang"......you could say.
Now I am gearing up for Christmas around here. I've been very busy working with my clients of Heritage Makers - many wonderful christmas presents have been created in our amazing studio and I'm so excited for them all to be joyously recieved.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Name Game

In light of this every so gloomy economy and the "seattle-ish" weather we are having here today -- I had to have a bright moment in my morning. Have fun with this one!

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

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Monday, October 6, 2008

Words of a Prophet............


Our LDS semiannual General Conference was this past weekend and..............WOW.

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!

Penny gets her moment to shine!






Saturday, September 13, 2008

Homecoming

What can I say but, "Ain't she gorgeous?". Tonight was homecoming and Leah went with long time friend Riley. I was so honored to have her ask me to do her hair and make up, once again. For some reason, my girls actually like me to do this for them and I love pampering them! From red toe nail polish all the way to those bodacious curls -- I had a blast and yes, I totally COVET my girls hair. They were blessed with a head of hair that I have longed for!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Sisters

Even if you weren't born sisters, you still can be sisters.

Kris and I have been friends since we were 18 and although we only spent a short time together at college and we've been living on separate coasts all our married lives -- for some reason, everyone thinks we are sisters when they see us together. (she's the real blonde, mine is fake!)

She has been here getting her daughter settled into college and it's been a fun week for me to be a part of it all -- even as a bystander!


Truly a friendship of Gold! I am so blessed.


Tuesday, September 2, 2008

need your input!

It has been brought to my attention that while my blog title is clever -- that just saying it out loud might sound like I have some "questionable business" venture going. Okay, it's PROSE, not Pro's.

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

THe Mud Run





Yesterday was the kick off run for Leah's cross country running season. This is her first year running cross country and this race was.............muddy! They started the race running through this mud bog which they all did pretty well, then up the sand hill, down the back side (I was not that abitious to follow) through a river (swimming) through the mud again, back our and around and the finish line was.............the mud bog. These two pictures at the bottom are leah at the finish line. Did I mention it was 95 degrees?

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Ode to Nala



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

Jackson Hole, WY fun day!




Seeing as today was the first day of school, we decided to just leave everything behind ( okay, not the cell phones) and run to Jackson Wy for the day. We are only 1.5 hours away and the drive was nice -- dont' ask Hannah, she didn't like the winding mountain pass!


We did a little shopping, ate some great food, did the apline slide and then went to a muscial theater in the evening. We saw, "Who's playing the Sherriff" at The Pink Garter Theater. The play was cute. The basis of it is that there are not enough actors to play the parts so there is a lot of fast costume changes, accent changes and craziness going on. It's a western and the sherriff is "Out of town". Well, it all comes down to this after a crazy bank robbery and multiple possible robbers.............they drag someone out of the audience to play the Sherriff at the very end. Guess who got picked? Yer darn tootin' right!




I thought Leah and Hannah would die laughing as they put that huge hat and vest on poor Devon. He only had the last 3 lines or so , not too bad and they let him read them from the script. It was rather confusing for him....for us all because at the end, we still weren't totally clear "who" was "who".................the Kodak moments were worth it all. AND.........if I can figure out how to upload the video..that will be next!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

FHE Golf night

Well, Devon got his wish come true. The girls agreed to go give golf a try with dad. We invited Mike to go with us and he ended up working with Leah while Devon worked with Hannah. I was the designated picture taker and lounge lizard.

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

Divine Nature

I love Sundays. I have decided that I am going to start keeping a small journal with me when I attend church because I get so many things that come to me during talks and lessons that I want to remember. Face it, I'm 45 and my retention just isn't that great anymore unless you are talking about water!

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.

The YW values are:
Faith
Divine Nature
Individual Worth
Knowledge
Choice and Accountability
Good Works
Integrity
We had been disucssing how we gain the understanding of our Divinity. It hit me! The YW values are the very stepping stones to our lives. First we have to have Faith in God and his eternal plan (who we are, where we came from, where we are going). Once that faith is locked in place, we can begin to understand our Divine Nature - we truly are Daughters of a Heavenly Father who loves us.....and we love him.
Once we grasp the Divinity of our life we gain feelings of Individual Worth. Because we have accepted that we are important and can contribute to society, relationships, etc...... we seek for knowledge. The knowledge we seek, both secular and spiritual we are able to make proper and wise choices -Choice and Accountability and be accountable for our actions.
From there, through our choices and accountability (knowing that we are daughters of God) we seek to perform Good Works. All these things summed up and Good Works being the actions that come from all this.....we gain Integrity, which I believe to be one of the utmost characteristics a person can have.
I was rather embarassed to share this in class because I thought that I was just getting it after all these years. All of a sudden, it seemed so simple and pure to me. Why did it take me so long to "see" it. As I shared this, I realized that I was not alone.....no one else had thought of this either. I had a lot of possitive comments.
It just goes to show that not everyone knows everything and if we never are willing to open our mouths a bit and share our thoughts in setting like this, those moments of inspiration might not come so frequently AND those around us would miss out on the perspective -- one that they might be needing or looking for!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Your know your from Idaho when.....

- The wind is faster than your truck
-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.
-“Vacation” means going east or west on I-84 for the weekend.
-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!
(Thanks Laura)

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

My lawn

I spent nearly 6 hours yesterday removing the thatch from my lawn and filling the gaps of the sod that was laid last fall. I had started this in May but when I broke my fingers - this activity had to cease. So, now the grass is growing and has thickened up, thus making the raking even more strenuous for me! It's a long story, but had the sod been put in the correct way in the fall, I would not be working so hard to repair it now.

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

Hannah is 14!

Hannah turned 14 on the 4th so she got to choose her activity for her special day. Of course, being 14, she chose to go shopping.................in Utah. No problem I thought. My first shocker was filling up the suburban..............when then young man pumping my gas (still get that at Rays' Chevron if you're female!) asked me if I wanted him to close out and start again. "What" I thought. What did he mean? Then I had an "ah ha" moment. That darn pump had hit the magical $100 mark and shut off. But starting it again meant my tank was.........not full? Oh brother! I peeked out the windshield to see that mighty $4.02 gal and about died? When did this happen? Is is too late to get on the shuttle to SLC? Needless to say, it was almost full so I didn't have him pump more! But I did have to refuel in Utah................

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

Living in my Own Private Idaho

For those of you who are familiar with The B-52's, this song is true. It really is it's own little world over here!

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

I guess it's time I start actually posting to my blog, instead of just playing with backgrounds and creating different blogs -- ones I have never used! I'm just a techy-junkie I guess.

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.