Saturday, January 17, 2015

Night of Basketball

Family Time! 
I love this boy. He loves basketball. So, I created a night of fun for him. By taking him to one of the biggest high school games in our community. He loved it! Made me feel like super mom. 

Wanted to get a good picture of him. This was the best I got out of him. He was smiling when I bought him nachos, and lemonade.But dang it, I didn't have an extra set of hands to take his picture and pay for his goodies.  He loved being able to see both JV and Varsity games. He didn't stop talking about it all night, and first thing this morning. Then on the way to his own game he chattered on about how he was going to play for our local high school and then for BYU. 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Handywoman, In The Making

Look Mom, I fixed something!  The kid/guest bathroom  needed a place to hang a cute hand towel. Since the last towel ring fell down. Now that this is hung up, maybe, just maybe the kids hang up the hand towels, or Not!!! This may seem like such a small deal. But, for me. This is huge. I am so proud of myself for not even thinking twice about it. Going and buying something I like and fixing it. One regret. Not painting the bathroom first. 

As I was typing this, I got a text about my mom. Funny that I was thinking of her when I was writing this post. Mom and Dad dropped by my sisters house for a unexpected visit. Only to have Mom take a terrible fall only min's after walking in the door. She broke her hip and her shoulder. Tomorrow she will have surgery to fix the hip and the  shoulder should heal on it's own. Gone are the days of walking for her. It will be a long 3-4 months before she can return home. I am grateful for the power of prayer that gives me comfort at this time. Living so far away can be hard when things like this happen. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

It's Okay Tuesday!

Each week I join Airing My Dirty Laundry for Hey, It's Okay Tuesday. We simply list a bunch of random things we are "Okay" with. For me, it's like sharing my gratitude in a different way. 

Airing My Dirty Laundry

It's Okay: 

That I really don't like being cold. But, will say that I am finding the beauty of winter through the camera lense of my sweetie, Annika. Who loves to go out in a good storm to take pictures.

That I am in a state of pondering. So, my mind seems cluttered. Got some serious things to figure out. Enough said. 

That I am finding great joy in baking loads of cookies each weekend for the family to try. This Sunday Cookie experiment is going great. 

That I am behind with what's going in the world. I can barely keep up with what's going on in my own sm. world.

Alright, I was thinking about a recent trip to the movies. Where I had a "so me" moment. The bottle water cap wouldn't come off. I wanted a drink. I wrestled as quietly as I could through the previews of the movie. The lid was not coming off. Finally, I twisted it hard enough to get it to come off and it went flying over the chairs in front of us ( the girls and I) bounced down in front of the people sitting in the chairs, and down another level to land behind or underneath another set of chairs. So, for the whole movie, I sipped on a lid-less water. Which, I was totally Okay with...sort of.

Happy It's Okay Tuesday! 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Christ Walking On Water

Went to one of my favorite stores today! Quilted Bear.  During the Holidays, I had been eyeing this painting. It was love at first sight when I saw it. So, today I went and bought it. Just so happens that this was the last one available. When school let out, Brad helped me hang it up in just the perfect spot. 

 Best part, was that it cost $19.99, I just happened to have some Christmas money left over. Which just happened to be the amount needed to buy it.

Awe, the perfect fit for our home. No buyers remorse here. Loving it! 

I am now on the hunt for a temple picture to add to my livingroom. This girlie say's we need a new one to replace an old one I had taken down a few months ago. I love it when she gives me decorating ideas or tips. Truth of it is, she is demanding I put it back. Because, she liked it.  

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Sunday Cookies

Made more cookies. And, well, they simply didn't turn out that great. First of all they flattened out really flat, then the baking time didn't work out, they got a little crunchy and the real problem turned out to be that the recipe needed more flour. I should've adjusted the recipe for high altitudes. I simply decided I am not going to share the recipe. If you really want it. It's on the package of Western Family semi-sweet chocolate chips.

After a long and busy day at work. Then attending a Priesthood preview meeting with Brad. He will  interview with our Bishop to see if he is worthy to be a priesthood holder, next Sunday. Then we will figure out who will ordain him. To learn more go here. These messed up cookies were still a welcomed treat. Sweet, crunchy and a still tasty. Simply not the most beautiful, moist, and soft cookie I had been hoping for.

Mean while, as I munched on cookies after eating scrumptious bowl of chilli. Made by Hubby. I watched a few episodes of Blue Bloods on Netflixs. As I scrolled through the facebook, I found this video about forgiveness. It's an amazing true story about a mad who forgave the mad who killed his family. It's very touching. Along with a good reminder that forgiveness can be made easy when we have a relationship with Christ.

Happy Sunday! 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Pinteresting Out of My Mind


Love it! 

Hang out on it, lots. 

Started looking today a little closer  at what I was pinning. Seems I have been collecting   pinning quite a bit of "How to's" and "Organizing ". 

When I look around my house. I want it to be cleaner, and more organized. I bust my butt cleaning out a cupboard, then organizing it so nicely. Only, to find that it doesn't last. I am starting to think that there is something more to life than always trying to get organized. Organizing seems like endless laundry. There has to be a better way to keep house clean, neat and tidy. It is starting to seem like such a waste to have so much stuff hanging around taking up precious space. That needs to be organized or reorganized all the time.

Some questions I am asking myself as I look around the house: (pinterest got me thinking)

Do we (our family) need tons of clothes?

Do we really need to have oodles of movies that we don't watch hanging out on shelves that need to be dusted or cleaned?

Do we really need all those extra books, when we have kindles to read them on?

Is there a way to simplify and make it easier to maintain the a neater and cleaner house?

I am thinking it's time to re-think think how I am spending my time, Maybe my time should be spent on creating something special, like a quilt instead of pinning, re-pinning articles about organizing that I am never going to use. Along, with getting rid of those things that my family is not really going to use anymore.

This quote came to mind as I was writing this:

"We have to forego some good things in order to choose others that are better or best because they develop faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and Strengthen our families."  Dallin H. Oaks.

What I should be asking, is what kind of home do I really want to create for my family now? They are changing. I think it's time to change with them. Maybe, I am holding to stuff they don't need anymore? Instead of re-organizing things again. It might be time to make some big changes.

More to come on this.....

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