Friday, November 26, 2010

Day of Thanks

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
(yesterday...)
Here are some photos from our day:


We had a delicious dinner.
And yes, we had ham instead of turkey.
We color outside the lines around here.
Then we had my sister's in-laws, the Swank's, over for pie.
Micah loved having both sets of his grandparents together.
Yes, we do already have our Christmas Tree up
but it's only because we were moving furniture on Wednesday
already so we thought it would be a good opportunity.
But we haven't decorated it yet,
so we haven't jumped the gun too much.
He was too preoccupied with his toys
to take a picture with his aunt.
And to end the night with tradition,
we turned on our Christmas lights and
went for a ride around the neighborhood
to look at all the other houses.
*sigh*
It was a great Thanksgiving :)

Catching Up

{ Me, Jill, Dot and Quincey }

These girls are my best friends.
I wish that the rest of my
best friends could have been there.

But even though they weren't,
I had a delightful time with these three girls.

I love going out to lunch and catch up with them.
I miss seeing them everyday like it was in the old days.

Even though Jill and Dot live here in Cedar,
(that will change soon when Dot moves)
between school and work schedules,
boyfriends, and just life in general,
we don't see each other very often.
And Quincey it's even less since she lives in Provo.

But I'm glad that we all decide to take the time to
have these lunches whenever we can
so that we do stay in touch.

I'm pretty sure we'll be friends for life! :)

Extended

I have a really awesome extended family.
My dad's younger brother, my Uncle Bobby,
and his wife, Aunt Janet came to visit a few weeks ago.
While they were here, it was my Uncle Bobby's Birthday.
We celebrated by eating out, watching the Jazz
& eating some cupcakes from 25 Main.
{ These two... :) }

It was fun to see them and hang out for a while.

I always love when family come to visit :)

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Unusuals

So it's that time of year when everyone has the
Attitude of Gratitude.

This is my favorite time of year because of this attitude.
It has been one of my personal goals for the last year and a half
to focus on my blessings and count them,
"Count them One by One." :)

I used to post a "Thankful Thursday" every week
but I'm not that diligent in updating every Thursday.
I do still pick one blessing to focus on that week
and write it down on my "Blessings (white)Board"
but along with not being so diligent, sometimes what I pick
is a little too personal for the Internet.

So in the spirit of all this Thankfulness
I wanted to post what I'm thankful for.

Now hold up!
Before you go skipping out of my list
thinking this is going to be a boring post
of what everyone writes down,
I have a twist :)

Now, of course I am Thankful for all of my necessities such as,
My Savior
My Family
My Friends
My Job
My Education

I don't want to discount any of these!
I am Thankful beyond words for these blessings.
Without these, I wouldn't have a leg to stand on.

But I want to post on the Unusual things I'm Thankful for.
Things we take for granted.
(if you still don't want to read this, then I understand.
It is kind of a long list but I want to remember them.)

So Here's my List:
The Unusuals :)

1.) Electricity.
You don't realize how much our lives depend on having this until it goes out. My house was in the area of that recent power outage that lasted from 9am to 7pm. And of course it was on a day that I had every hour timed out to accomplish all of my tasks, most of them requiring electricity. It's a powerful thing. (pun totally intended here :) )

2.) No Electricity. Yes, I know that sounds weird to say after my first item on the list was electricity itself. Having no power was a blessing in disguise. On that day of no power, I was ready to pull my hair out with all my stress, but because there was nothing I could do to turn it back on I was forced to relax. I had a nap, I read some of my book, I did some yoga meditation. My phone also died, so I was really cut off from the outside world. And it was sooo nice.

3.) Sleep. I have been struggling lately to sleep. Last week I was averaging 2-3 hours a night. The last few nights I've averaged I think 4-5, so I'm improving. Hopefully over Thanksgiving I can be back to normal. I do try to sleep, I just seem to lie in bed for hours. It's that darn stress and pressure and anxiety. I obviously don't handle them well. I worry like a wart. (where does the expression "worry wart" come from? Like anyone wants to be called a wart.) I've had terrible nightmares and cold sweats lately and have recently lost some chunks of hair. Not to mention I'm ornery and short with people, particularly my family. Getting enough sleep does wonders to my attitude towards life.

4.) Someone to talk to. I'm the type that holds everything in, but every once in awhile I need to vent everything to someone. My sister is always good for this. So is my bestest friend, Dorothy. I am really going to miss being able to talk to both of those guys when they move; my sister to Denver and Dorothy to Utah State. I also recently unloaded a very large and serious load to my dad, probably when he wasn't fully prepared to hear everything that I had to say. But I am grateful to all of them for always listening and caring about my problems. Love you all!

5.) Memories. I think that our memories are huge blessings in our lives. I don't remember how many times that a memory of an experience or something I heard in a conference talk has been an answer to my prayers. Memories can bring joy and laughter, as well as strength when you remember a trial you've been through. At the same time, forgetting our memories can be a blessing as well so that we can have time to forgive and heal.

6.) Hugs. I think that it's impossible to feel worse after someone has given you a hug. I have a good friend, Quincey, who gives the best hugs and she always knows the times that I need them the most. I wish she wasn't so far away, I miss her loving hugs. Hugs make you feel warm, safe and loved. Who doesn't love feeling like that?

7.) Arguments. Now there is a difference between having a grown up disagreement or argument and having a fight. I hate fights. Everyone does. But I think that sometimes arguments can be blessings that we don't recognize. Disagreements push you and what you believe in. It makes you take a look at your opinions and decide what's important to you. But the key to having arguments be blessings is to have an open mind. We're not always right, so we need to recognize that sometimes we need to change our opinions.

8.) Creativity. This one has been huge for me this semester. I have had to really push myself for my photography class. I have a new appreciation for those that have creativity come to them naturally in this particular art form. But I am also thankful for my creativity in the areas that I excel in, such writing and baking.

9.) Laughter. Stephen King said, "You can't deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants." I think that is very true. You just can't deny laughter. I have this theory about laughing; that it's a little piece of your personality busting out. It shows your personality not only in what you find humorous but how it sounds when it comes out. No two people have the same laugh. It's like your vocal fingerprint.
And it makes you feel good. :)

10.) Heavenly Father's "Puzzle." I posted about this before.
(Click on the "Puzzle" to read it.)
There are so many times that I am motivated by fear. Or I guess I should say paralyzed by fear. I get scared and then I am absolutely adamant that I am going to do things my way. But slowly, Heavenly Father soften my heart enough for me to take a leap of faith. Like my new ward. I was so upset at the thought of leaving my old one and joining this one. But it has been one of the biggest blessings in my life lately. I should have this lesson of trusting in the Lord's plan down by now, but I sill struggle. Some big changes are coming for me, and I'm still scared to make that leap. But I gotta remember that I only have one piece to the puzzle.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween Weekend

{ Alycia, Chelsea, Me & Dot }
Institute Halloween Dance

Luke's Birthday Dinner

Happy Birthday Luke!
Thanks for being such an awesome brother.
You're always full of good advice and reason.
Thanks for taking care of my sister.
You're a great addition to our { crazy } family.
We're all blessed to have you in our lives.
love you