Monday, June 27, 2011

Some Funnies!

I hear people say all the time, "Make sure you write that one down, because you will forget all of this one day." I use this blog for that very purpose. Strider said a couple of funny things this last week, and I want to get them down before I forget. Getting old stinks!

1. Strider wanted ANOTHER piece of gum. I told him to quit swallowing his gum. He told me, "It falls down my throat, Mom."

2. Yesterday, I'm standing in my closet wondering what to wear (worst part of my day). Strider is sitting in my closet and asks, "Where does Jesus live?"
I respond, "In Heaven."
He asks, "Where's Heaven?"
I say, "I'm not sure, I guess it's all around us. Jesus is watching us right now."
Strider cuts me off with, "NO! Santa is watching."

Monday, June 20, 2011

Season 3!

We had our first trip out to the river this weekend. It felt good to get back in the boat and on the water.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

More Fun With Bags!

I removed my last post about fun with bags, but here is another one, and I don't think anyone can find anything illegal or scary here.

You all know my boys love to wrestle. Here is their attempt at creating their own singlets.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Les Miserables!

Patty bought us tickets to Les Miserables, and we went this Saturday. Zulema just had the baby and couldn't go, and Gel was busy with a piano recital. I'm happy I was able to go. It was a fabulous show, and the ladies I went with are one in a million. Thank you, Patty!

Living On The Edge!

Bob and I decided the other day at the very last possible minute to go to Disneyland. We have year passes that are about to expire. We have never taken the boys, and the girls went about 18 months ago for the first time. We woke the kids up at 4:00am and told them we had to go rescue Edna and Chris who had broken down in California. We stopped for breakfast about a half hour away from the Magic Kingdom and broke the news.

They were exstatic!

We entered the park around 9:00 in the morning and left around 9:00 at night. The boys were super tough and rode Space Mountain, Tower of Terror, etc. They weren't tall enough for California Screamin', so the girls and Bob did that one on their own.

I'm so glad we did it. I had a hundred reservations and reasons not to go, but we did it. It was unplanned and last minute, and I loved it!

We were home in bed by 1:00am. It was a quiet drive home, needless to say.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Sawyer's Blessing!

Yesterday was a perfect Sunday. The Lemmon family had yet another baby to bless. Sawyer Jason Lemmon was given a blessing by his father, Jason. It was a sweet moment.

I generally take a billion pictures at these events and post them right away, but we had our friend (a professional) there taking photos, so I felt in the way. This is the only picture I took. I'm a little sad because Zulema looked so beautiful and at peace holding her new son.

Trust 30 Day 4

In true form, I have fallen behind. Typical.

That which each can do best, none but his Maker can teach him. Where is the master who could have taught Shakespeare? Where is the master who could have instructed Franklin, or Washington, or Bacon, or Newton? . . . Shakespeare will never be made by the study of Shakespeare. Do that which is assigned you, and you cannot hope too much or dare too much. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Identify one of your biggest challenges at the moment (ie I don’t feel passionate about my work) and turn it into a question (ie How can I do work I’m passionate about?) Write it on a post-it and put it up on your bathroom mirror or the back of your front door. After 48-hours, journal what answers came up for you and be sure to evaluate them.

I do not feel passionate about me. How can I feel more passionate about myself?

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Trust 30 Day 3

The world is powered by passionate people, powerful ideas, and fearless action. What’s one strong belief you possess that isn’t shared by your closest friends or family? What inspires this belief, and what have you done to actively live it?

This is getting a little more difficult, isn't it?

I believe (and you are welcome to disagree) a person's life can be judged by the cleanliness of their microwave. I've used many a microwave over the years in many a home, and I know if their unit is clean then their life is most likely orderly. If the unit is crusty, you can pretty much tell their life is busy and hectic...might be too hectic. The only wrench in my theory is a maid. If there is a maid involved then re-evaluation may be necessary.

True to form, I avoid uncomfortable topics with humor.

I'm off to clean my microwave!

Trust 30 Day 2

I wrote this last night at 11:54pm from my iPad when I realized I had not done my writing assignment for Day 2. As luck would have it, I lost my wireless signal and could get zero 3G as my Day 2 was posting.

Here is yesterday's:

Your genuine action will explain itself, and will explain your other genuine actions. Your conformity explains nothing. The force of character is cumulative. – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

If ‘the voyage of the best ship is a zigzag line of a hundred tracks,’ then it is more genuine to be present today than to recount yesterdays. How would you describe today using only one sentence? Tell today’s sentence to one other person. Repeat each day.

Today was rewarding while exhausting, and this pretty much sums up my entire school year...or life.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Trust 30!

My sister, Katie, is particpating in a 30 day writing challenge. Joan and I decided to join her.

So, Day One: Fifteen Minutes to Live

We are afraid of truth, afraid of fortune, afraid of death, and afraid of each other. Our age yields no great and perfect persons. --Ralph Waldo Emerson

You just discovered you have fifteen minutes to live.
1. Set a timer for 15 minutes.
2. Write the story that has to be written.

Only 15 minutes? How much time should I allow for editing? All this pressure.

I may only have 15 minutes remaining, but my words will live on forever. That's the beauty of the written word but also the curse.

I have tried so hard. I really have. I have tried to be the daughter the parents wanted, the wife my husband needed, the mother all children dream of, the big sissy little girls and boys wish they had, and a friend to all who would have me. Exhausting but worth it.

It has been a good life. Rough but good. Tough but rewarding. Challenging but sweet. The yin and the yang.

I only have a few minutes remaining, so I can't get as specific as I'd like, but I am confident those who know me well, know exactly how I feel.

I learned eight years ago to appreciate every moment. I have to constantly remind myself. So my last words are that very reminder. This life is precious. It sounds cliche, but if we all embraced life, this world would be a kinder place.

I have time remaining. That's how I like it though. Just like my life; short and simple.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Two Boys!

This is what I came home to today. I love it! My two boys always keep me on my toes.

Remind me of this post in a couple of weeks when summer is in full swing, and I'm jobless.


My most favorite place to visit is Prescott, Arizona, and some of my most favorite folks live there. We decided at the very last possible minute to head up for one night.

I took very few pictures, but I had to post a couple from our "camping breakfast" at the lake.


Mallory and Sydney just had their piano recital for this year. I'm proud of them and their progress. Sydney surprised her dad with a song from "Lord of the Rings."

Mallory played in her school talent show, as well.
Thank you, Edna, for a wonderful year and an awesome recital.