The second Thanksgiving is over I pull the christmas decoration out with much zeal. The house goes through it's transformation into a winter wonderland of red, silver, and white (my personal christmas color decorations)! I love it and I love decorating for it. I love everything about getting ready for christmas, the music, the decorations. the stockings, the cooking, and the shopping. I'm the first to admit that I go WAY overboard each year because I just love buying my kids gifts! And each year it's the same, the same sweet anticipation of christmas morning and the joy that will be brought to the faces of my sweet children.....SCREECH!!! Not so fast. Therein lies the problem.
Friday, December 25, 2009
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Last summer the 3 kids and I took a long trip to CA. We started at Lisa's, went to San Fran to see the Muir Woods (spectacular), and then to Yosemite (also AMAZING). Katy snapped this picture of Sammy and me and I love it. We had a lot of fun.
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Sunday, September 27, 2009
The last time my sisters and I were together I thought we were going to die laughing. Now honestly, you get 6 grown women together and there's a lot to laugh about, especially if they all grew up together. Some how an old friend my my oldest sister Lisa's was brought up. This was a guy that we have always laughed about because of how unique this person was. We loved him like a brother, but honestly, a little weird. Well, this particular person drove an old car and in the front seat of the car was his constant friend, a female mannequin.
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Sunday, September 20, 2009
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Sunday, September 13, 2009
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Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Do you ever just feel like it's too much, like you have too much on your plate, or that your plate isn't nearly as big as you would like it to be?
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Sunday, August 16, 2009
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Saturday, June 27, 2009
Let me just start by saying that the music was not my first choice (if it plays music), but I coudn't figure out how to change it even though I really tried. Oh well.
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Saturday, May 30, 2009
I haven't quite fallen off the face of the earth yet, I just don't find my life all that interesting. Well, that's not exactly true because anyone that really knows me or lives with me knows that there is always some drama in my life, it's just usually not anything that I should share. I could bore you all with the lame assignment I've been working on for the last week in my master's program, but you would all be asleep. Or I could tell you about the various things my kids are doing (Jane's dance recital is coming up in two weeks! and Kate did make student council for next year in school. Both big accomplishments in the kid world) and that Sammy is learning how to say NO with much enthusiasm! He also could teach me a few things on a running slap, a nasty habit that I'm trying to break him of! But, when it comes down to it, my life is filled with the same things that yours are, and who wants to read about that. I do the laundry, make the bed, ignore the pig-stye my daughters call bedrooms, get talked back to on a more than regular basis, wonder where the day went and why I haven't showered quite yet, make dinner, hear complaints about the dinner I prepared, and tell myself that tomorrow is a new day and I can always do better! Then tomorrow comes and it's just the same old thing.
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Sunday, May 10, 2009
Yesterday I did it! I ran the Race For The Cure 5K in Salt Lake. Okay, so I didn't finish first, not even in great time for that matter, but the point is that I finished. I would post a picture, but have a new computer that doesn't have the software to download and upload pictures! I have to admit that after 6 weeks of training for this, I really thought that it would be easier. I thought that after a few weeks a training I wouldn't become winded after 2 minutes. I thought I would get to the point where every step wasn't loathed, but lo and behold, not much changed. I became winded and couldn't talk after 2 minutes and did hate every single step. I guess that some people just run and others don't. I fit into the second category. I guess that I will continue to train because I'm supposed to do another one in a couple of weeks. I'm really hoping that by that time, I will be able to actually go more than 2 minutes before wanting to put a gun to my head! Everyone says that it gets easier - I think it's a ploy to torture the unbelievers! I'm having a hard time believing that it will EVER get easier.
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Thursday, April 9, 2009
This picture has absolutely nothing to do with my post, but oh well. It's the old bait and switch trick. I have to use something to get people to read the post and a little handsome boy with blue yogurt all over his face might do it.
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Saturday, March 28, 2009
So I haven't dropped off the face of the earth.
My computer is officially dead. Okay, that's not entirely true. If I'm really lucky it will allow me to operate in safe mode, but even then it won't let me online. It's like some entity of it's own with power and control of my life. It's been like living without chocolate! Not easy to say the least.
However, I finally sold enough chore boards on etsy (my store is through that site) to actually buy myself a computer - YEAH!!! It should come in the next week. Right now I'm using Ryan and Renee's and I can't post any photos, which let's face it, is the best part of the entry!
When I get my computer I can catch you all up on my incredibly exciting life because I know that you are all on pins and needles just waiting :)
Until then - you will have to continue to wait in suspense and I'm off to my running class (tell you more about that later).
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Saturday, February 14, 2009
So, this last week I moved me and my three very patient kids into my parents house. My sister, her husband, and her 2 year old were currently occupying their home while they are in Guam for the next 20 months. I swallowed my pride, admited that I needed some help, and here I am. Renee and Ryan were very kind to let me invade their space.
It's not ideal for any of us, but I will say that I am very grateful that each time I fall, my family is ALWAYS there to help me pick up the pieces and do what they can to help. There are a couple of things that remain constant in my life. The first one being the gospel. I have always remained very active in the church, and even though I NEVER bear my testimony, I have an incredibly strong testimony that the church is most definetly true. It's a constant in my life that I have always counted on and that will always be there.
The other constant is my family. No matter how stupid I am or have been, they have never judged me, always loved me, and always done what they can to help. They aren't perfect, but they do what they can in thier way. My choices have landed me in some really stupid places, and they are always there to help and never say "I told you so", which I have given them SO many opportunities to say. I love my family and am very grateful for them.
Other than that, I don't have a lot that is constant in my life. I have moved 11 times in the last 8 years and have put my kids through way too much. When I moved to South Weber this time, I told Kate and Jane that if we made this move, when my parents came home, we would find a place in South Weber and stay there. I can't move anymore. I'm tired.
I wish that I had made better choices in my life. I have learned a lot, but would rather not have learned those lessons and just made good choices. If I could teach my kids one thing it would be this: that we have free agency and can make any choice we want. However, the consequences of our choices are set and ours to live with whether we want them or not, sometimes for a very long time. Not only that, the consequences of our choices have such a huge affect on others. Choices are short lived, consequences are NOT!
When all is said and done, I love my children, I love the gospel, I love my family, and it's going to be okay because it has to.
Posted by soapstarmom at 10:45 AM
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I don't remember what it was the night before, or the night before that, but I can assure you that there was something that I ate that was incredibly decadent and sinful.
I can't stop myself. I get done with dinner and think
"self, that was not at all satisfying. Something sweet would really hit the spot"
They I search through my cookbooks and something always jumps out at me.
Okay, so I've been more than a little depressed lately. Let's make that REALLY depressed. I LOVE sweets, not candy, sweets.
Oh yeah, I remember what it was the night before, a double size box of milk duds. Nice.
It's a really good thing that I exercise every weekday, but honestly, I don't work that hard so I'm afraid that one day one of two things is going to happen:
1. I'm going to have to start exercising VERY seriously
2. I'm going to wake up and find myself the size of my dining room table.
I think I will just keep eating the sweets each night (since I don't have a husband to make me feel better) and work a little harder at the gym.
Posted by soapstarmom at 5:51 PM
Monday, January 26, 2009
This is my house, my rented house. Once again, things unforseen have come into my life and I have but one viable option - move into my parents empty house with my sister, her husband, and little girl. Luckily it's a pretty big house with a HUGE yard. I'm actually looking forward to having some adult company (I get pretty lonely) and don't think it will be too bad.
Here's the thing - my lease doesn't end until September and I need to get out of it now. The only way of doing that is to find someone to take it over. How fun for me! That's where you all come in - HELP! I need you all to help me find someone that is looking for a really great townhome that is actually really big (2100 sq. ft). If you come across anyone that is looking, please refer them here and let me know.
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Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Notice the head. He has decided the most food looks as good on his head as it does on the ground and everywhere else you could possibly imagine!
Below is some peach yogurt. I think more food ends up on his lap and surrounding areas than his mouth. He sure feels proud of himself though!
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