Sunday, April 19, 2015

I'm giving it to you straight

I had the opportunity to attend a couple of church meetings this morning on behalf of our Young Women's President.

I loved it.

I feel truly blessed to be a large part of decisions, inspiration, and direction given in our ward on behalf of our youth.

I am a Latter-day Saint woman who has just as many opportunities to serve, lead and guide as anyone else.

I feel so privileged to be a part of the local leadership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

If anyone, who reads this blog has ever wondered where I stand in my beliefs, this is where I stand and this is where I'll stay:

I know that I am a child of God.

I know that my Redeemer, Jesus Christ, lives.

I know that Joseph Smith was called of God to restore His church here on earth and that Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon.

I know that the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ and it is true.

I know that I will be with my family forever.

I know that my children will be whole and complete in heaven.

I know women in the church of Jesus Christ have the same rights and privileges as men and are given high regard as women in the gospel of Jesus Christ. We, women, are revered, loved, and trusted within our leadership positions, our families, and our responsibilities. I have never felt oppressed, left behind or looked over as a woman in the Mormon church.

I love being a Mormon.

My testimony is my UP today.

Day 110 of 365 Days of Up

Their UPs are my UPs

Gary, Marc's dad, has been wanting to take the kids to a train museum up in Ogden for quite a while now.

He knows how much our kids love trains.

All kinds of trains, real or not, they love trains!

Today was the day.

I wasn't able to go because I had rehearsal during the time they were going but both Marc and his dad got me plenty of pictures.

It made me so happy to see them happy.

It's really neat when family goes out of their way to do things for our children.

It's not easy.

But, oh, so worth it.

Both Marc and Gary were worn out when all was said and done, but I know they won't be able to stop talking about it... them, or the kids. In fact, Sister couldn't stop talking about it, and you couldn't wipe the smile of her face as she told me about the golden spike, how big the wheels were, how big the trains were, how they got to ride the train to see the trains.

Lindsey went along to help. Math says it's better odds having 3 on 3, but so does common sense.

Marc and Gary were happy for the help, and I think it gave more times that they could be with the kids one on one.

I smiled as texts came rolling in during my rehearsal.



Brother was amazed that the wheels were taller than him.

I love that Baby is relaxing to the fullest on the train ride home.


Then Gary had more to share from his camera when they got home.

At the Orem Frontrunner (train) station. You can see Brother can barely contain his excitement!

Sister loves her Lindsey, but check out the scenery whizzing by the windows!

They got lunch there at a little place near the train museum.

So cute!

This is a picture of Marc getting a picture that is in the ones above.

I think the kids were pretty excited to see how big the trains really are


Ha! Brother's face!

There's Brother pointing to the golden spike that was nailed in to symbolize the east and west tracks coming together at Promontory Point, Utah. Sister, the history buff, was so excited for me to see the spike.

They were pretty excited about the handcar too.

At the train station in Ogden. (Sister informed me they went all the way to Oregon! I love her mispronunciations!)

Happy on the train!

To top of Marc's busy day we went to a Scera cast alumni dinner and then to the play, Guys and Dolls. I always love being with my hubby, but I do especially love laughing with him at the theater.



I saw a quote on the back of one of my fellow cast members sweatshirts today.

It is going to be a motto for me.

"Happiness is a skill.
It requires effort and time."
—Andrew Weil

I am glad that I have learned the skill of finding happiness from others' happiness, and I am thankful I am striving everyday to put in the effort and time my own happiness needs. 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

A list of 6

I know that I am technically too late for it to be Friday, but I am still awake. Therefore it is still Friday.

I had some good UPs today.


1) Going on an outing with Marc while the kids were in school.


2) Marc and I taking Baby to lunch.






3) Taking a picture of Sister wearing the shirt I got her for the 3rd day in a row... she's never liked a shirt quite that much


AND right along with #3 is that Sister made her teacher wear the tie and pocket square she gave him this morning. He was so sweet to oblige and even sent a picture.

His signature is bowties so when Marc and I saw a bowtie with bowties on it, we had to get it for him.


4) Rehearsal (choreography)



5) The sun beginning to set after an early out rehearsal



6) Because I came home early I was able to go with Brother to take Ranger out on a walk. It was so nice to talk to him.


When we first started on our walk, Brother said to me, "Well, this is quite boring."

I replied, "Well, thanks, I love you too."

He then said, "Oh, I mean this is fun mom."

I love that kid!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Pop Up

It really ticks me off when I can feel the cloud of depression hovering.

I just want it to go away.

It especially irks me when I am trying to do everything I know to do, have been taught to do and try to do and it still lingers.

The key is to not let it rain.

The cloud can hover and threaten, but if I let it rain then it might soak in.

So I just let it hover until I have the strength to blow it away.

Today I know I had UPs. I'm positive I did.

I just can't seem to focus on them right now.

I was trying to think of what to blog about and if I had taken any pictures from today that I could share and I had only taken a picture of Ranger.

I'll share that with you too.

His puppy dog eyes will melt your heart.

I didn't take pictures today because I just did house work and filled out paper work for Baby's approaching IEP, and you all remember me telling you how I hate having to fill those out—marking down ALL the things she can't do, doesn't do, won't do, does too much, does too little, or doesn't acknowledge.

That's part of the cloud, I think.

I am also stressed to the point of numbness about what to do with situations with Sister at school and now issues with Brother.

I'm overwhelmed.

So, ya, you're just getting the puppy dog eyes:




Whoops!! Sorry! Wrong ones...



Here are the real puppy dog eyes:
Aww...

As I was looking through pictures though to load Ranger's, I got sidetracked looking at other ones. Some I haven't posted and made me smile... so you get to smile with me.

This was the day I tried out for Mary Poppins. I was happy about my hair so I went into Sister's room for the good light... I wasn't really looking for the yellow photo bomb... I makes me laugh, her little stuffed Minion in the background!

I can't remember if I have posted this pic before but I just love this picture of Baby on my parents' swing

Sister loves to stack up books and take them one by one of the pile and "read" them as if she is reading to a classroom of kids. Marc is always so good about capturing these kind of moments with the kids. I think I forget to take pictures of these times because it is fairly common for me to see and for him being at work, these moments are more rare.


I love this picture he took of her shoes. It might be the rainbow socks with the camp pants or maybe it's because those shoes were given to her by some special people and she loves them and the shoes so much.


This picture tho....
She had shoved a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup in each cheek so I had to take a picture.
The sunlit, wispy, feather hair was just a bonus! I'm still laughing!

I forgot that Marc had taken pictures of us on our date last weekend...



Here's one of those moments again that Marc caught on camera:

She's always been a little artist

And I forgot to share these gems from mine and Marc's date a few weeks back. We met up with my brother, Aaron at the thrift store that we were at on our date.

 
And Marc likes to sneak goofy pictures of me sometimes...


Oh, I am so thankful for pictures. I know that some people think that taking pictures of everything is ridiculous, but I have to say it's a great way to journal.

It's also a great way for me to remember a lot of UP moments that I took for granted. Moments that seemed to "pop up" at the right time.

Maybe the cloud is shifting...

Day 107 of 365 Days of Up

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

My dirty window

We had some crazy weather yesterday here in Utah. First it was crazy windy and it was blowing dirt and dust every where. Then the rain came and it mixed in with the blown dust and made for a muddy rain. Then the snow came... is this April?

Yep.

Anway, the muddy rain did a number on my big, front, picturesque window in our front room. It was driving me crazy to not be able to look out at a snow covered Mt. Timpanogos through a clear window.

So I took the time to clean it and it was no easy chore.

There came more snow today so it wasn't warm outside either so when I had to take the side windows out to be able to lean out and wash the main window it was quite chilly.

It also is a little hard to wash muddy rain off of a window. You just kind of swirl the mud around on the first sweep, and the second and the 3rd.

I did finally get them clean.

I realized after getting the window clean and sitting to enjoy my magical view that I had kind of gone through this same thing yesterday.

I was in a blah mood because I had been letting a situation that has been hurtful to me cloud my vision of the happiness in my life.

Being hurt does that to you sometimes... distorts your view.

It does take a lot of work and skill to clean the hurt away enough that you can see the great things that are happening in front of you.

I was reminded of that yesterday when, shortly after I posted I went to Brother's track meet.




I was trying to help motivate him so I ran along the sidelines with him. It was really tough not to let tears flow as I ran beside him listening to his classmates cheer him on.

I am so proud of him!

That was my ultimate UP moment, especially when after he placed second in the 100 meter that we saw our Bishop cheering Brother on and waiting to take our picture together.



That's it for today... oh, my UP this morning was when Baby woke up and came to greet me with a big squeeze. She then saw the snow outside and said, "Look, is that snow?"

"Look, is that snow!!!!???"

She said a whole sentence voluntarily!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

All my eggs...

So far today, this was my UP.

My nephew, Jman made this video and it just makes me smile!

Ya, it's just been a kind of blah day because I can't seem to get myself moving.

Oh, I'm moving as in doing laundry, vacuuming, working, and taking care of a sick Baby (who really doesn't seem sick, she just has a cough) and a hyper-active dog.

But, I haven't gotten ready for the day and I can't seem to get past my "blahs" today.

So it was fun to watch this little movie he put together on his iPad and just be grateful for the fun personality that Sister has and how blessed we are for the abilities she has.

Oh! And before posting the video, I just have to tell you about one of the major UPs of yesterday!

I took all 3 kids to the store! And we survived!

Not only did we survive but it was actually a pleasant experience! I was so proud of them and couldn't stop praising them and they couldn't stop smiling about the praise.

It left me hopeful that maybe I could try that more often!

But, I'm not putting all my eggs in one basket just yet...

Enjoy the movie!

You might want some popcorn (smile).

Monday, April 13, 2015

Mermaid Tail Memories

I was busy in my laundry room today getting everything organized again after having it taken apart to get old stuff out and new stuff in.

You know how it goes, when you start cleaning a room it usually leads to de-junking.

De-junking means you have to go through a lot of stuff.

Sometimes going through stuff leads to reminiscing through stuff.

Reminiscing through stuff usually brings back memories.

Today I pulled out a box of fabric pieces that I have been collecting/keeping for over 10 years.

I used to keep fabric pieces because when Kelsey lived with us, I taught her how to make Barbie doll clothes, hair bows, or other things we created.

Kelsey got pretty creative and it was always fun to see what she had come up with for her dolls.

I taught her once how to make a mermaid tail for a Barbie doll with some fabric and a couple of small elastics. (I'm not a seamstress. I'm just creative.)

In the box of fabric pieces I actually found one of the mermaid tails that one of us had made.

I don't remember who made it, me or her, but it made me smile seeing that and having memories flood back.

Then while digging through the rest of the box I found pieces of pajamas, jeans and t-shirts that the kids had worn at one point or another and it brought back those memories too.

That was my big UP today.

Memories.

There were other UPs too, like when Baby showed me and Marc her dance move, "step, step, kick!" It was adorable and I treasure every time she talks to us and shows us her sassy personality.

The other was coming home and seeing that Marc had added hooks and a clothes hanging rod to the laundry room. He was excited to surprise me.

Our Life is good.