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'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:
Divine Nature
Individual Worth
Choice and Accountability
Good Works
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 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!