Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
You can tell by the nervous and anxious faces. They were not sure about this new adventure. And Holy Cow, how do you get these skates on. So perplexing to these "city kids."
After a few times around the rink, everyone started moving away from the wall. Jensen had great balance from the get go. Mackenzie was a little nervous, due to a previous tail bone injury and was not wanting to fall on it again. Alec was all boy and once he got the feel of it, he was ready to go. So watch out! He does have a new habit of skating with only the left foot gliding and pushing him. Kind of like riding a scooter.
Oops! Looks like someone had an accident. Being perfectionists, we don't like being in this position. A little hard on the ego. She was not the only one in this position. I believe Alec went down 5 times. Not bad for a 1st timer! Although he is not as graceful and will take down anyone by him.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
I am a little late in posting my husband's birthday entry. He had a birthday one week ago and now I am getting to his post. Every year I feel so lucky that we have had another year together. Even though we get older, our love gets stronger and I feel blessed to have this special man.
Happy Birthday Scott!!
- Selfless (puts everyone else first)
- Problem Solver ( I have had a few problems lately)
- Great Father
- My Best Friend
- Hard Working
- Ideas (Scott can always come with some good ideas for whatever I need)
- Great sense of humor
Happy Birthday Scott! I love you and I look forward to celebrating many more birthdays!
I will miss having them here after Christmas. They always come and stay until the new year. It will be weird not having them here.
It was a relaxing visit with them. We did a little shopping, eating at all the favorite spots. My dad LOVES Oregano's! We did not do any projects this visit. The kids had fun doing an early Christmas with my parents. Who doesn't like getting early Christmas gifts?
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
- Driving around and looking at lights.
- Hot Cocoa from QT. YUM!!
- Christmas music; in the car, at home or on the piano. Alec loves playing Christmas songs that he can sing to.
- Writing Santa letters. Alec has mailed his off and this year his main question is...Does Santa really have a BIG snow globe that he can see everyone in (like the one in "Fred Claus"?) He can't wait to get a letter back in the mail.
- Looking at ALL the toy catalogs that come in the mail.
- Watching Jensen dance in the Nutcracker.
- Watching Christmas movies..Elf, Christmas Vacation, Fred Claus, Santa Claus. You get the picture.
- Christmas Countdowns. Alec loves to do the countdowns each morning.
- Baking treats for neighbors and friends.
- Temple Lights
- Christmas Caroling with the youth. This is such a great activity!
- Acts of service to those in need. So great to give at this time of year.
- Baking treats, goodies, etc...
- Smith Family Christmas Eve at our house
WOW!! What a fun time of year. Lots of bonding as a family. As the kids get older our traditions change somewhat, but I always look for to November and December. Now if Arizona could only get snow for Christmas!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
This photo was taken one year ago. I would look in the mirror and think...well, I look pretty good today. As the months went by and the weight kept creeping on I began to become dissatisfied with myself. Clothes weren't fitting, low energy, low self esteem, unhappy, etc... I think you get the picture.
Then in April for my birthday a good friend and my very loving husband found me a personal trainer. They purchased me some sessions.
The initial visit was a SHOCK to say the least. To have every inch measured, fat calibrated and the REAL facts staring you in the face. I had let myself go!!
The hard work began. Cardio 5 x's a week, weight training 2 x's a week and a strict meal plan that got changed every two weeks.
I was ready and motivated. I was paying Bernie a lot of money to help me. No way was I going to cheat or short change myself. Thank you friends for being understanding during my long and painful metamorphosis.
I literally went into a cocoon. Nothing stood in the way of my new lifestyle. I followed every rule to the letter. Twice a week I would go and get beat up by Bernie. Whatever she would give me I would do it. Sometimes to the point of getting sick.
Slowly, but surely the weight, inches and fat started to come off. It was exciting, empowering and felt good. Sure, I endured many sore muscles and fatigue, but it was so worth it. I now have actual muscles.
Now at 7 months from my start I am where I want to be. The butterfly has been released. It feels great. I could not have done this without Bernie. She has been there for me through everything. Not only is she my trainer, but I have a new friend. She gave me the tools for a healthy life. Thank You Bernie!!
Thank you Scott and kids. You have endured many a night of grilled, baked or crock pot chicken. You are the best and I love all of you! Thank you for helping me achieve this goal.
Why do I share this? You can achieve anything you want. Motivation, hard work, determination and support will get you whatever you want to achieve. I am not sure what the next goal will be, but it feels so good to accomplish this.
The End Result
Monday, November 10, 2008
The girls think this was soooo long ago. It really wasn't. Okay who am I trying to kid? What were we thinking in High School. Really?? Did we honestly think this looked good?
Alec and Cole have been friends since Alec was 18 months old. Now Alec is 8. They are almost like brothers, only they are nicer to each other than brothers are.
Halloween was great at the Eatons. The boys went and got a lot of candy. We had yummy food and treats. It was nice to hang out and chat and pass out candy. What a perfect evening!
Thanks Eatons for a great time and fun memories!!
Sunday, November 2, 2008
But, at the moment it seems that each day is bogged down with STUFF!! I refer to them as "burdens" and Scott says they are tasks. I'm not sure who is right.
Each day there is a list and it progressively gets longer and longer. I guess that is LIFE for the moment. Do you ever get to come up for air?
As I reflect on all of this stuff, I realize that at these moments other things in life seem to suffer as well. Relationships, time with my kids, scripture reading, family prayer, alone time with my husband, patience, etc...
I could go on and on, but why? That is why I feel like it is pouring. I am sure it is not only on me that it is pouring. How can I get on top of life and gain some control? Why does everything have to spiral out of control at once?
And then I ponder... What am I to learn during this time? What am I being tested for? How will I grow from this? Are there any answers?
I am sure when the time is right the rain will stop. Hopefully I will be able to come up for air and I will have gained a new perspective. Until that time...I hope the umbrella holds!
One year ago I decided to teach Alec the basics of piano. Needless to say he ate it up and wanted more and more.
This summer I officially enrolled him in piano lessons. This kids loves to play the piano. He will run to play the piano several times a day. I am not exaggerating.
He taught himself all the hymns and primary songs in the beginner books. How I love to hear him playing and singing along. There is nothing quite like it.
Who knew that an 8 year old boy would love the piano so much. This weekend he got a book full of Star Wars music. This is his new passion.
I worried that he would not be able to sit still long enough to learn a song. That was silly!! All he wants to do is learn new songs and have us guess the name of the song.
I certainly hope he keeps this up. Such a great talent and there is nothing like a boy who can sit down at the piano and play for everyone.
Monday, October 20, 2008
- City Swim Meet at Mesquite High
- Nutcracker Rehearsals ( watched Jensen partner with a boy for the first time. Yikes!)
- Went to Oregano's
- Saw the movie "Express"
- Packed up my whole house and moved it out for new carpet. Great timing!!
- Made Cinnamon Rolls
- Moved the furniture back in and rearranged a few rooms and pieces of furniture
- Went to Joe's
- Decided to do storage shelving under the stairs and in the garage (My dad always does a BIG project when he comes. This was BIG)
- Still unpacking the house and putting back together
- Made LOTS of cookies
- Ate LOTS of cookies
- Homemade rolls and crash potatoes
- Played dominoes (Family favorite)
- Watched movies, BSU game, BYU game
- My Mom was my running partner. So fun to have someone go with you. I will miss that. Alec rode his bike with us one day.
10 days just flew by. We miss having them here. Thanks for all the hard work and help. We appreciate it!! We can't wait until the next visit. We will make it a relaxing one, we promise! It's back to reality...laundry, cleaning the really dirty house. Who knew that new carpet could make your house so dirty. Thanks for a great Fall Break!!
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
This weekend I watched a great movie with my husband "The Pursuit of Happiness". What a fabulous movie and full of great messages. The following is what I took from it this time around.
Will Smith's character tells his son the following;
"Don't ever let someone tell you you can't. If you got a dream you've got to protect it. If people can't do something themselves, they want to tell you you can't do it. If you want something go "GET IT" (period).
Words to live by. I am big on goal setting and thrive on achieving those goals. I believe that we should be cheerleaders for one another. We all need that positive reinforcement. It is such a great feeling knowing that someone believes in you and is cheering you on to success.
Why does ones success make others feel threatened or insecure? Friends should be loyal through thick and thin, good and bad. Are each of us that type of friend?
As a family we have talked a lot lately about friends. The discussions have included how we are as friends and how our friends are to us. Do friends pressure us to do things we normally wouldn't? Are we honest in our dealings with our friends? Do we support one another? Are we there for each other?
Friends are important to each of us. It takes a lot of time to cultivate that lasting friendship that will endure. As of late I had some experiences with friends that shocked and hurt me deeply. As I come closer to achieving a personal goal, I have found out who my true friends are. I hope that I myself am a good, positive friend and that my friends know I am there for them.
Dreams and goals help mold us into who we are. What a shame not to be able to share those with your friends. Let's not stop others from their dreams. Instead, let's help them along the way and be a part of their journey.
I have told my kids, if you have a dream, put in the work, ask your Heavenly Father for help and "GO GET IT!!"
Thank you to all of my friends near and far. I cherish you and each of you know who you are. The biggest thanks goes to my best friend...my husband. Thank you!!! You are the best cheerleader a girl can have. I love you!!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
- I Love "TO DO" lists. They keep me focused and on track. At times they can be overwhelming, but I feel a sense of accomplishment with them. Scott does not like them one bit and neither do my kids. WHY???
- GOALS, I am a BIG goal setter. Which is good and bad. It does set you up for disappointments if you set a lofty goal, which I tend to do. My husband will bring me back to reality. I love the feeling of reaching that goal and setting a new one. It is so powerful.
- Why do we judge? We all do it, even though we know we shouldn't. We have no idea what goes on behind closed doors, that person may have troubles or demons they are dealing with. I guess it is human nature.
- The Gospel... Need I say more. I feel so lucky to have it in my life. I wish everyone was willing to accept it and I wish I was a better missionary. I am not very good at the missionary work.
- Power of Prayer... WOW!! I had a huge testimony builder last week on this one. Prayer is amazing and those you are praying for can feel your prayers. A lot times while running I will pray and converse with God. It feels like a perfect time while I am surrounded by his creations and I am able to open up without any distractions.
- Teenagers... I can't believe I have two of them. Wasn't I just a teenager. I am not old enough for this. They can be so much fun and then the mood can change. I love their new found sense of humor, there can be so much drama and of course as parents we don't understand anything. I am sure I was never like this. HA HA!!
- GRATITUDE....Do I do a good job of being grateful? Do I show gratitude? Perhaps some things to work on.
- How do I get my 8 yr. old to slow down on his school work? Boys are sure different than girls. Someone knew what they were doing when they only gave me one.
- Where does the time go? There are never enough hours in a day. Enough months in a year. And my kids are growing up way too fast!!
This morning my thoughts were running rampant, but it helps me to keep running. I do not like to run and only do it because I have to get in cardio. Oh, the things we do.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
WAY TO GO JENSEN!! Hard work, determination, dedication and money from dad all help! :)