Saturday, September 13, 2014


Traditions, things we cling to and bind us together as a family. 

Many years ago, won't say how many. I discovered that I was different. Yep, God made me a little different than the rest of the world. Then to top it, I married someone who was a little different than the average Joe. Together we started some "Different" types of traditions for our family. Being that we both come large, noisy families...we like quiet. So, here is our "different" way of celebrating the Holidays. 

Valentines Day: I do something for all of the children. Robert does something sweet for me. 

Saint Patrick's Day: I remind everyone to wear green. Also, remind everyone not to pinch people who happen to forget to wear green. 

April fools: We are tricksters at our house. Beware. Hubby plans something big for a work every year and gets them every time. Here at home, well, we are all trying to trick each other. It's a day full of laughter here. Everyone thinks they are the funniest. 

Easter: A quiet day of remembrance for most. Is a family day for us, where we eat a nice dinner, eat too many sweets and play games. 

Halloween: We have our traditional trick or treat route in the neighborhood that we take. Everyone going grabs pillow cases to hold their loot. We eat chili with corn bread. Which will change this year thanks to my food allergies. We will still have chili, but with dinner rolls instead.  I encourage my children to create their own costumes from items we have around the house. We will purchase face paint and small accessories as needed. But, I never spend more than $20. 

Thanksgiving: Every couple of years, which we are due to do this year. We host a family dinner for everyone who lives in the area. We love our extended family. But, most years we celebrate with our own children.  Robert and I get up early to get the turkey in. Pies are made the night before by him, with the help of the boys. Then I make a traditional Orange Cream Jello. We lounge around in pj's all day, watching football. I get my best nap of the year on this day, while laying on the couch snuggled up against Robert. Children can be found laying all over the place with gaming devices or books. Our livingroom looks like it has been attacked by pillows and blankets. We will end the day with playing board games or card games with the children. Apples to Apples happens to be our girls, even though they are all teenagers, favorite game to play. 

Christmas: We love this holiday. The day after Thanksgiving the girls, Brad and I set up all the decorations. We start planning our baking, shopping list and service project for the month. Robert and I never shop until late at night when the stores are almost empty. When they are staying open all night. When there are no small children crying. When our children are chilling and we can sneak in our surprises. It all happens just a few days before Christmas Eve. I have always done pj's on Christmas Eve. Robert and I like to buy pj bottoms, then a funny graphic shirt that we feel fits each child for that year. We love stockings, stuffed with funny things and on the side do a new drink cup for the year. We have done matching mugs, individual water bottles, each year they get something to drink out of. Just our thing. We spend this day in pj's as well, playing games, watching movies and simply enjoying each others company. Oh yea, also eating way to many goodies. 

New Years Eve: Robert usually crashes before the countdown starts. I will find myself with the girls watching a movie and then watching the ball drop in NY, We grab pots and pans, run outside screaming into the night (on Utah time), Happy New Year! Then come in to pop open Apple Cider to toast with. We drink, laugh and  talk, until someone decides to head to bed. 


Thursday, September 11, 2014

What Inspires Me?

I can find inspiration everywhere. 

1. Rainy Days: It feels like the old feelings are being washed away to make room for new fresh ones. Hope always comes to mind. As in Hope for a better days. 

2. Reading about other women's triumphs over difficult situations. Makes me want to be strong too. Right now a favorite blogger that I have been following for a few years now, host this wonderful, inspiring post at least once a week called My Name is. It is women sharing their stories of tragedy turned triumph. These stories are simply amazing. I am really grateful to Jacy for inspiring blog. 

3. Being a spiritual person, I will seek wisdom out of my scriptures. I find amazing stories of hope and inspiration in The Bible and The Book of Mormon I have a strong testimony of Jesus Christ. And I believe with a deep gratitude in my heart, in the Atonement. Christ is my Advocate, Savior, and Redeemer. For more about what I believe go here. There is also a song that also sums up my testimony wonderfully, called I Believe In Christ

4. I also find inspiration in art. From the time I was a young girl I have been blessed to live amongst artist. My grandmother and dad, had a great love of art. They passed it on to me. They both taught me different things about color, painting, drawing and just simply admiring others accomplishments. I will find myself checking to see what exhibits are at BYU museums, or going to Springville museum. In college, I had the pleasure of spending hours at a few museums in Balboa, California. 

5. Architecture is like a soothing pacifier When my brain gets cluttered, it all disappears when I look at floor plans, read my friend Sue's Blog Housekaboodle, or look at photos from favorite architects. Grand mansions blow my mind. Of course I am always wondering how those places are going to get cleaned. Who would want to clean them. 

6. Shells inspire me. Not sure why. Sometimes I think it is better not question the feeling you get when holding something like a shell and finding peace in it. I love to draw shells. 

 7. Last, but not least.  My family inspires me to strive to be better. I love my family with all my heart. I have been blessed beyond measure with wonderful children. Each have pushed me to be stronger in different ways, and taught me different lessons. Someday, I will share more on those life lessons that came with each of my children.  

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Ten Things I Love About Me

Today's writing prompt about killed me. I am not good at seeing the good in myself. I am slowly getting better and better at my self talk. Which has taken me years of working on. But, all day I have been thinking about 10 things. Ten Things I Love About Me. I wasn't even sure I could come up with 10 things. But, none the less I  finally did. 

Here we go, Ten Things I love about me, and I didn't even ask for help. 

1. My hair. I have loved how thick my hair is since High School. Jr. year is when I really fell in love with it. I loved how the color changed when I was outside in the sun. I didn't or don't need to go get my hair colored, the sun does it for me. 

2. Eyes. I really love my blue eyes. They change shades of blue. They look great with just some black/brown mascara. I see so many amazing things with my beautiful blue eyes. 

3. Compassion. I love how compassionate I am about others. It makes me a great CNA. 

4. Laughter.  I love, that I love to laugh. I really love to giggle, laugh out loud, smile sweetly to someone as I say Hi! Which leads to.....

5. I love my Smile

6. My Toes.  I love my toes. I have great looking toes.

7. Music.  I love that one of my passions is music. I love it! Simple as that. 

8. Singing out loud. I love to sing along with the radio. It's one of my favorite things to do. I love that about myself. 

9. Prayer in my heart. I love how I always have a prayer in my heart. It's an on going conversation with God. Almost like I am having a text message conversation with a dear friend. 

10. Family. I love that my heart is at home with my family no matter where I am. I love my family. 

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

It's Okay Tuesday

Each Week I join one of my favorite bloggers for "Hey, It's Okay Tuesday."

It's Okay....

....That I have had a bad case of blogger block for a while now. Since happening onto Brave love blog and started participating in The blog-tember challenge. I have started find my groove again. 

.....That when I first started blogging back in 2006, that I didn't have a clue as to what I wanted to do. I just wanted to be a part of the fun, that bloggers seem to be having. And the passion they seem to have taking care of their homes. I had some great ideas I wanted to share. Then, I wasn't happy with my blog. I started a family blog. Which people seem to love. Then as my children aged they didn't want me blogging about them anymore. Or sharing photos of their kiddo's. Out of respect for them. I started over for a 3rd time. That is how I ended up with this blog. Which, for the most part I have floundered with. I keep thinking I have to follow some imaginary rules about blogging, that my blog has to be focused on one area. Get ready. I am blogging however I want. How many times a day I feel like it or about what I want. 

....That this fits my personality a lot more. Took a personality test this morning. I am ESFJ and ISFJ. Guess, I fit both. I am caring, sensitive, I am both Extravert and Introvert. Weird. That is just how I roll. Might explain a few things about me. 

It's been an Okay start to an Okay week. I have been off from work and been getting caught up on a few projects. Woohooo!!! Will share more later. Special Thanks to Airing My Dirty Laundry and Brave Love Blog for helping me overcome my blogger block,

....That this little guy drives me nuts, but I love him. He is small, but will try to get into the garbage. He sneaks things and hides them in his kennel. One time we found a pkg of crackers. Not sure how I he found them or even was able to drag the whole pkg into his small kennel, but he did. His name is Issac, but his nick name is "Food Addict".

Airing My Dirty Laundry

Monday, September 8, 2014

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Saturday, Becca, Bradley and I went to see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Oh, Boy! It's a kid show for sure. I remember in the good old days watching a cartoon about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, with my little brother. Usually it was on Saturday morning cartoons. Megan Fox was hardly recognizable. I had to lean over and ask Becca if it was really her. I think she has had a some work done on her face. Can't be sure. Anyways.  My kiddo's were laughing at all the funny spots throughout the movie. I was laughing at how ridiculous some of the situations were. Would I suggest it? Sure, it was fun to watch. I had a good a laugh and enjoyed spending time with the kids. We had some fun conversations on the way home. 


Music is a big part of my life. I love music. All kinds of music. When I am cruising down the road,  I let whatever kiddo is in the passenger sit, be the DJ of the car. Let me tell you we are jamming. As fun as it is, it might not be a pretty sight.

DJ Becca has us listening to: 

Anything One Direction!

No Singing Along Allowed.  

DJ Anni has us listening to: 

Music from Supernatural or oldies

DJ Emily has us listening to: 

Country, and singing along. 

Brad never stands a chance to be in the front seat with 3 older sisters always along. The rare occasions that he does, he forgets to change the station. 

For me, well you can take the girl out of the 80's but, can't take the 80's out of the girl. 
Whenever I get a chance I am listening to the oldie station so, I can hear such jams, from U2, AHA, Duran Duran, Pet Shop Boys, etc....

I love all types of Genres. I love finding new music to listen to from all over the world. I find inspiration in new music. Guess this makes me a music lover.  

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