Monday, January 31, 2011

I forget what day I'm on

Here's a picture of the person that I have been closest to the longest. The only other possible person would be my Mom, but I don't have an easily accessible picture of us. No surprise that my good husband has been my closest best friend for decades. We have a very good friendship and marriage. I am so blessed to have him in my heart and in my life. He's the best!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


In anticipation of Aubrey's first visit to the temple she and I made a stop at the distribution center. We even got to take little Jack with us while his mama slept off a night shift. Aubrey was very happy with our purchases and on the way home said "I just want to hold them". It was very cute.

my favorite book, ok a few of my favorites

Would it surprise you if I said I have lots of favorite books? I love Harry Potter, and the Work and the Glory and the Kingdom and the Crown series but these are my a few of my favorite non-series books.
The first one is Summergreen.  My Aunt Nonee gave it to me when I graduated from high school   I read it every year for many years.  The second book I found just a few years ago and it became a favorite right off.  It is about a boy that finds his life connected with Joseph and Mary and watches Jesus grow up and eventually die.  It makes my heart soft and squishy. 

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Sewing again

Since we moved, I haven't found my sewing groove. I just don't have the desire to get a sewing project going. I did volunteer to help sew costumes for the Jr high play and that has persuaded me to play with the sewing things. The costume I'm working on was cut out for me so that was a good kick start. I made the pants, the vest and the bow tie out of this silky fabric. I really have enjoyed doing it. I have my old tape playing tv by the sewing machine and I watched Anne of Green Gables and all 6 tapes of Pride and prejudice while I've sewed. I still think it will take me a bit to find my own sewing happy place, but until then I'm really very content (in a good way) to sew for others.

Monday, January 24, 2011

My favorite TV show

well, as with the other "favorites" I have too many. Not so much on tv, I like all the dorky old shows, some of the food network shows and a few game shows.
Here is one of my favorite though. Its probably the naughtiest show I like. I dont let my kids watch rude shows, but I'm ok with me watching this one. Sometimes I do turn the channel when the kids walk in cause the married humor just might be too much for me to see with them in the room.

So here ya go- Everybody Loves Raymond

Sunday, January 23, 2011

"Day 4"

I'm obviously not doing this right, but I'll keep on it. Day 4 is a picture of me as a child. This has always been a favorite picture. I didn't realize till now that I look kind of grumpy. I remember that I had just woken up. This is of me and my dad. That's the SLC temple on the background. Pretty sure we were living in California at this point and don't know why we were in salt lake, or where the other sibs were-- ah well. Here tis

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Look what came in the mail!

We are knocking out the things to do for the mission. Aubrey's passport came today. It really didn't take long for it to come, we were asked to request the expedited return. Now we are doing the leg work on the visa tasks. Argentina requests a letter from the city where the missionary lives from the police department. We picked that up today too. Good thing she's been a good girl--- besides the clean police record she also carries a temple recommend. (first temple visit is in the works)
If the Argentina people only knew what it took to get one of those documents they would probably not make us check with the police. I guess that's part of why she's going to tell the Argentina folks about temple recommends ;)
So far I know of 3 other people entering the mtc the same day as Aubrey- Scott Raines, Michael Biggs, and Tanner (?) Skousan (I sewed for his brother when he was the lead for Pirates of Penzance, so I know his mom and brother)

maybe all us moms can coordinate to get treats to our kids while they are all in for 9 weeks! Very cool!

My favorite Movie

well, my favorite movie is like my favorite song. How can I pick one? tis impossible. This is an all time favorite. For some reason I always figured this was Sunday approved so during the bishop days sometimes Id watch this with three little girls. This is one of my favorite scenes. This isnt the best movie clip, but at least it has the origional music.
btw, I did read, "Forever Leisel" and liked it a lot.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Day 2

Day 2
My favorite song
I'm not sure if I really have one single favorite song, but here's one I really really like. I like it for what it represents, and for the memories it brings.

When Dave and I were first dating, we went on a double date with the couple that had set us up. It was to a dance, like some stake dance we found. Dave and I didnt know each other well but were certainly interested in each other. It was still a little awkward point in the relationship. So, we are at the dance, and over the microphone comes- "we have a dedication. This goes out from Connie to David" Then this song started playing. I was immediatly embarrassed, and then started laughing. We both knew it was Robin and Manny that had played the trick on us. David asked me dance and we went and razzed the pranksters. When we got our wedding rings, we had them inscribed with "always and forever" and not too long ago, David gave me a necklace that I almost always wear. It has the inscription on the back. "there'll always be sunshine, when I look at you" ahhh no wonder its a favorite song! its especially awesome since you can hear that this is a vinyl record being played.... whatever

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

You are officially tagged

You are officially tagged

I'm supposed to tag people to follow the same idea-- so I tag all my family members-- a la sisters and nieces and nieces in law AND Edee and everyone else
that wants a fun time ;)


Day 1

"A recent picture of me"
This was taken right before Christmas at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi. We had made a sizable purchase in the fall, and had just a few days left to cash in on the gift cards we got on a promotion. This "recent picture of me" includes my most favorite person cause he's really very awesome.

A new challenge, just for fun

A new challenge, just for fun

OK here's the challenge.

Day 1 – a recent photo of you

Day 2 – your favorite song

Day 3 – your favorite movie

Day 4 – a photo of you as a child

Day 5 – your favorite television program

Day 6 – your favorite book

Day 7 – a picture of you and the person you have been closest with the longest

Day 8 – your favorite quote

Day 9 – your dream house (description or photo!)

Day 10 – a photo that makes you happy

Day 11 – a photo that makes you angry/sad

Day 12 – something you are OCD about

Day 13 – a description of what's currently in your handbag/purse/diaper bag!

Day 14 – a photo of a person you'd love to trade places with for a day

Day 15 – a photo of yourself and a new friend you met this year

Day 16 – a song that makes you cry

Day 17 – your favorite website

Day 18 – a photo of your favorite memory

Day 19 – a picture of somewhere you'd like to travel

Day 20 – a talent of yours

Day 21 – a hobby of yours

Day 22 – a photo of your wedding/future wedding plans

Day 23 – a photo of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently

Day 24 – a recipe

Day 25 – your worst habit

Day 26 – a photo of where you live

Day 27 – a photo of someone you could never imagine your life without

Day 28 – your hopes, dreams, plans for the next 365 days

Day 29 – a picture of something you want to do before you die

Day 30 - a photo of yourself today + three good things that have happened in the past.


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

I now have warm feet

Yesterday Krista told us about wearing these shoe-slipper-boots.

Let me start by saying, though I've been guilty of this myself, no one takes slipper wearing (in public) people seriously-- or flannel jammies either.

(((Side note the other day I saw a guy in a store wearing slippers, flannel pants AND a robe!! Come on! if you really can't get dressed, think about staying home buddy.)))

Well Krista, the university graduate recommend them. Then the pioneer woman blogged about them the same day! I never thought they were incredibly good looking, but after my stomping through sundance looking for a familiar cabin plus the cold-ish floors in my home two witnesses were all I needed to push me into them. Got them today at Costco today and my feet have been warm all afternoon and night! My practical side is happy, and warm

A Sundance get away

On Monday morning Dave left for a three day conference at Sundance. He didn't know if lodging would be provided for him and if so, if it would be private. On Monday afternoon, he called and invited me up for the evening and night. He had a dinner appointment so I ate here and Laura gave me a ride up. He had the lower half of a little cabin that had a double bed and a little kitchen and a wood burning fire place. It was really a nice quiet night talking and relaxing. I went back to Highland for most of the next day, but went back about 7. I was so worried about not being able to find my way back to the little parking lot, I forgot to pay attention to what cabin was ours. I ended up waiting in the car for David for an hour, then went down to the check in desk and they told me how to find my way. Dave was actually late with duties, but came to check on me about 10:30. He had more work so he left for another few hours. I was ok with it and I read. It was a really great business trip for me. Close enough that I could be with him for a little while.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

A second offer

I snapped this picture at the high school. I really liked the sign.

We have a second interested family that wants to buy our house. We got the offer yesterday and they know they are second to the other offer, but hopefully this increases the chance of being able to sell our much loved Lehi home.

Aubrey's call, I can now officially say is to Bahia Blanca Argentina!!
A friend of mine died while on his mission when he was in Argentina so that was very much on my mind when she read where she was going.
She's starting on some "learn Spanish" CDs we have and we will get her passport going on Monday. I'm so glad we can start the next part of her preparation now.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

3 1/2 weeks later

Well the call came! I checked the mail box 3 times before Joseph finally checked and the mail had came. Aubrey was at work so I texted a picture to her.I brought it with me when I picked her up. Well first I ran into roxberry saying I couldn't wait and her call was for Logan Utah. She was very patient to wait for David to come home. She had a plan on how she was going to open the call. She wanted to be alone with David and I. We went into our bedroom and she sat in the middle of the bed while I snapped a few pictures. She pulled out the thin stack of papers and started to read. She smiled. I said, "did someone guess right?"
She nodded. Then she read the letter from President Monson. Her voice broke as she read. By the time she was done I was bawling, for more reasons than you think  She was called somewhere completely different than where I thought she'd go. I can't say where until tomorrow night as I promised not to put the call on the web. But it's the one country I have emotional baggage with. For about an hour I kept crying. Aubrey knew what I was thinking and reassured me she would stay far from trains. If you know what that means you can figure out where she's going and why I freaked which is kind of psycho and illogical.   David reassures me it was my job to cry and worry and hugged me and let me cry.

She won't leave until May 25. She is anxious to get to the temple.

Come what may, I know she will be in Gods care. I trust our Father.  His plan is the plan.
I'm okay and at peace but still a little shocked. Text me if you want to know where she's headed.

Some very good news

We got word today that little man Carter is home!! His mom and dad will be administering some of the medication he needs. I'm sure it won't be easy, but I'll bet it's great being home. Home together with the while family. Our prayers are still with all of them.

Spotting that blue blanket is a little bit like playing where's Waldo but it's wheres-the-blue- I like it

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

A tough start to 2011

I've had a hard time thinking of what to start 2011 writing about. As usual, you'll get to read about what's on my mind.
Last week I got a call from my sister Krista. It was a call that threw our family into the most heart wrenching circumstance. In the past, I've read blogs of mothers that have endured huge tragedies with their children. (I guess we all have them on some level) but now it was our family's turn with tragedy. My fun smiley faithful beautiful niece, Robin and her great husband, Dennison, had just been told their little three year old boy, Carter had leukemia. It was so hard to believe. How could this happen? Leukemia isn't in our family--- (one case that I know of three generations away.) that diagnosis sent my sister Karie to go to her daughter and her family in Washington. It sent the rest of us reeling with questions, web sites, and many many prayers. We had a family fast on Sunday and I asked myself a few questions. What were we asking Heavenly Father to do? To cure little Carter? Well sure, we would love that. To bless him and his family with peace and soft hearts? Yes we would like that. To help Carter be strong as he faces chemotherapy? Yes. For sure. To help his body respond quickly to the treatments-- yes of course.

No one knows why this is happening. I guess there are things to be learned and experienced for a wise purpose, a purpose higher than we can see.

I guess we fasted for the hand of God to be with Carter and his family as they have a tough time ahead.

It makes my other concerns of saying goodbye to my first missionary and figuring out the jeep replacement seem soooo not important.

If you want to read Robins blog the address is

I'm going to post my favorite Carter picture once I steal it from Robins other blog. I'm not going to say which picture it is else she might take it off her blog before I can snake it.