Saturday, January 30, 2010

O.k. I am writing this because I have been getting some comments about my previous post and I think that some people may have misunderstood what I meant. I am in NO WAY complaining about anything. I am SO SO SO thankful for everything that I have. What I was really trying to say is that really I have NOTHING to complain about, I am so blessed. I was really also trying to say that I realize that my little problems are just that LITTLE, especially when you look at all that is around you. That's all. As soon as I can get Brett to help me with the pictures again I will be posting about our Gerbil and Will's karate!!!!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Count Your Blessings

So I have been thinking a lot lately about Blessings. You know just when you think that life is getting really hard and blessing don't seem to be pouring in the way that you want them too. Then you start feeling sorry for yourself. Why does my baby keep getting sick and might have asthma? Why does Brett's degree seem worthless right now and is work is on a hiring freeze? Why is it hard to get the bills paid? Why can't we afford a bigger nicer house? Why is there always something that needs to be fixed? Why can't I be as skinny as that person? I could go on. Something happens that kind of hits you square in the gut and makes you realize how much you really do have.

Yes life is hard and yes things happen that aren't always ideal. But then you realize that you are just being selfish cause there are so many things that could be so much worse. Take for instance the people in Haiti. Two weeks after the earthquake TWO WEEKS and they pulled someone out of the rumble. What was going through that persons mind for Two weeks? I mean there are so many more people out there that have it so much worse than I do. So why do I only focus on my problems? Am I selfish?

Anyways what I guess that I am trying to say it that well.....even though we don't live the perfect house and have perfect kids and have great bodies and life is all honky dory, life IS hard, but it's also pretty darn good. I have a lot to be thankful for. Sometimes you just need to focus on the little things. Like for instance when Kyanna came up and whispered in my ear "Mommy I really love you" Why should I have anything to complain about when I have so many of the little blessing in my life?

Also though, I do realize that even though I think that I could never handle what other people are going through they may be thinking the same thing about me. Who knows....Anyways I was listening to this song as I was running tonight and it just kind of hit me really hard. I don't normally pay attention to lyrics in songs (I know horrible, huh) but I love the beginning were it says that we all have our battle scars and it's easy to add up all our troubles but then says "I am alive and well and today that is good enough for me " It just made me think that on really hard days when you are feeling really sorry for yourself.....COUNT your many BLESSINGS!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I miss SuMER!!!!

Just a couple of more months....MUST......HANG.....ON...... DON't......GIVE......UP!!!!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Corner and Christmas Pics

Brett told Will and Ky to go to the corner. This is how he found them. And by the way I can check learning how to download pictures off, I downloaded these all by myself, well....with a little bit of help from Brett :)

Here are some long overdue pictures from Christmas. The kids were SO FUNNY Christmas morning. The night before they had been super excited and had all kinds of questions about Santa Claus. Where is he going to land? How is he going to get in? (we don't have a chimney) IS he going to come into my room? IS he nice? We left cookies and milk and carrots for the reindeer. They were so excited!
The next morning we were expecting them to just come flying out of their room and see what they got. They slept together in the same room and the next morning I had them wait until Brett set-up the Camcorder. So when it was time to come out they just walked very slowly and kept staring at the camcorder. I said do you want to see what Santa Claus brought you? And Will said "Did you get a new camera?" NOOOOOO silly kid look at all the presents!!! For some reason they couldn't quite get past the camcorder they were enthralled!

See.... they are just staring at the camera! Look at all your presents you crazy kids!

It was a good Christmas. It's so magical when your kids are little. I loved every minute of it.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Can We DO IT?

(these pictures have nothing to do with the post, but I think they are fun, this is Will and Ky while we lived in Oregon. Yes this was taken in the month of January. Notice no jackets and playing outside, oh well.)
So I read this blog called (you can link to it over on the side), mostly because she posts really good deals and coupons that she finds on the Internet. Occasionally she will do these challenges which I mostly ignore. But she is having one this month called "eating from your pantry" and I thought it sounded interesting and.....I think I am going to do it. I am not sure though, last year we did a challenge of not eating out for a whole month and it was hard, but we did it. But here goes nothin. Couple of reasons why I want to do this though, first its a "challenge" I like those :) Second, it will save on our grocery budget that maybe we can put towards our trip to Cape Cod this summer, and third, I think that it is a good idea to maybe clean out the pantry and use some of the food from it that I don't normally use. I am not sure how long we will be able to do this for and, honestly, I haven't talked to Brett about it. But I am going to try it anyways. I hope that I can do it :) No promises though.

Friday, January 1, 2010

New Years Resolutions

O.k. yes here it is. I contemplated long and hard about a New Years Resolutions and whether I should post them for all the read. But a couple of things made me realize that this is something that I should probably do.

Yes New Years Resolutions kind have the stigma of the "making the same ones each year" and yes many of mine are ones that I usually do every year and are constantly some of my goals. But I thought who cares. As long as you are working toward a goal I think that you are headed in the right direction. It's when you stop making new goals or stop working toward goals that is not good. You should always be striving to be the best that you can and improve yourself. So I say there is nothing wrong with New Years Resolutions even if they are the same ones every year.

So then I thought do I post them online for all to read....again I went back and forth because it's hard. Many of the things that I would like to work on are things that I am not particularly proud of and kind of show all of my faults. But if there is one thing that I do know about myself it's that I do well when I have accountability. It's easy to make new goals, keep them to yourself, and then if you don't reach those goals at least nobody knows. But if someone knows about them, I know that it's going to make me work harder at keeping them. So the next time you see me just say "hey how are your resolutions going?" and then even if they are going crappy at the very least I will be reminded of them!

O.k. so here goes.....

-yes I am going to start with the one that I would like to lose weight. Seriously I know so typical, but really I could try and lose some. Each of my three kids has left there five pounds with me to carry around and I am done. I don't want to do it anymore. So instead of going on some diet, which I know never really works (expect for weight watchers, love that one!) my real goal is to eat more healthy and to make more healthy food for my family.

-Next I want to live within my budget. Actually we did really really well with this one last year, even with some pretty big expenses and trips we came in under. YEAH!!! But this is one that I will make every year. We made a budget about three years ago and it seriously put SO many things into perspective for me, I had no idea what kind of money we were spending. But now I am so careful and love looking at my budget. I highly recommend a budget if you don't have one.

-Of course I need to add this one I am going to strive to strengthen my testimony and strengthen my families by making sure that we have FHE, scripture study, and family prayer. Again we do pretty good with this, expect for maybe the FHE part. It's hard because, let's face it, we are together every night. My kids are still young enough, but I realize that it's a habit that we need to be forming now so when the kids are older it will be "just something that you do".

-I NEED to be more organized. I struggle with this. BAD. I can spend hours getting myself organized and work really hard at it and be pretty organized for awhile, but then I fizzle and things just get more and more disorganized. And with three kids that just can't be the way that it is anymore. I need to STAY organized.

-o.k last one. Hardest one to write. I need to become less selfish. Hmmm how to really write what I mean? Here goes.....I think that a lot of stuff that I do is for my own benefit. I guess what I mean is I am always thinking how can this benefit me, when really I should be thinking how can I help and benefit others. Because always looking out for myself doesn't really bring the kind of happiness that I am really wanting. And when I help and serve others I really really feel good,which I guess benefits me, remember that "Friends" episode where Joey tells Pheobe that there is no selfless act and she proves it by getting stung by a bee and other things., anyways got off track. I am not sure if this is sounding they way that I want it to so I am just going to say, I am going to try and be more selfless in my thoughts and actions.

Here are some quick other ones....
-learn how to download pictures from my camera to the computer without Brett's help
-always have a book to read
-sew my girls matching dresses
-have an awesome garden this year and make use of all the wonderful veggies from it
-run a half marathon. Yup, not kidding. I tell me people that I ran a marathon and I can see them look me up and down and think to them self "your kidding right". Well I did run a marathon. But let's face it that just isn't going to happen, too busy for that kind of commitment, but I think that I can do a half marathon.
-do a lot of freezer dinners
-paint my living room and bedroom
-invite friends over more often
-play more games

o.k. that's all, for now. Wish me Luck!