Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday we went and got our Christmas tree. It is so beautiful! It is the most perfect tree I think I have ever seen. It almost looks fake it is so perfect.....I love it! I spent most of the day today decorating it and putting up our outdoor christmas lights. It is so much work but this is the first year I actually got it all up before December......Im on a roll. I only have the window lights to put up now but I had to stop so I could prepare my talk for church tomorrow.
We also took some pictures for our Christmas cards since Alec was here with us. They turned out pretty good.....Im not posting them on the slideshow though until after I send the cards out....sorry :) I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday. For those family and friends who follow my blog, I am grateful to have you all in my life, whatever your role may be.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Christmas will be a little bit hard this year. Denver will most likely be gone, unless he waits to leave Christmas Day. He will be spending his 2 week break from work in Kentucky with his dad. I wish we could all go with him. I would really love for the kids especially to see their "Dadi" one more time.... He is so sick and it just kinda hangs on you like a dark cloud to think about what he must be going through. We feel very helpless out here but know that there wouldnt be much else we could do if we were there either. Anyway, Im happy that at least Denver will get to go and see his dad. Thanksgiving will be spent with Nathan and Alisa. Jeff and Nicola are going to Vegas to spend it with my parents. Alec is also flying in to spend turkey day with us....the kids are very excited about this. I have much to be thankful for this year as I do every year....but this year feels different for a number of reasons. I finally feel like I know who I am and what I want out of this life. I have set goals which I am accomplishing one by one. Im starting to really enjoy myself and even though I have spent more years than necessary figuring stuff out, it feel so good to be in the place that I am. Its not perfect.....but I know where Im headed and its awesome.
Ive decided to go back to school next Fall.....maybe even the summer if I can work it out in time. Im going to get an English degree along with licensure to be a secondary education teacher. I've decided that if Im going to have to work full time after the kids are all in school, then why not get a job with the same hours as theirs.....summers off, no daycare. I have big dreams to complete a minor along with it too, if I can handle it. Either in Spanish or Editing. But, that is down the road a little. Im just excited at the prospect of getting to finish school and have a career, albeit not a very good paying one :) ......... Funny, when I was younger I always said I could never teach. Then I had kids and realized that Yes, I probably can. Interesting what a little maturity and experience does to your opinions.
Ok, Im signing off now.....hope you all enjoy this blustery day (the wind is crazy here right now)
Monday, November 17, 2008
"The Wasatch Back Relay is simultaneously approachable and insane. The
camaraderie was palpable, the scenery breathtaking, and the hijinks hilarious.
Anybody with two vans, 11 friends and at least a mild dose of insanity can
tackle it. Above all, the race is incredibly fun, and both veteran racers and
total amateurs are sure to get a huge kick out of it."
*****by the way, these are not pictures of me or anyone I know. I "borrowed" them from the article that I quoted above.... They are racers from last years relay*****
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Meanwhile, Addison managed to undo her carseat belt....a new trick she is trying to master...and had climbed out of her seat onto the floor of my van. The only reason I had realized this was because she announced that she needed to pee and then proceeded to pee right where she stood. I heard the trickling and looked back to witness it. Nice. Suddenly I am missing diapers.....Ok, I take that back, no more diapers! Any ideas on how to keep her contained in her carseat now that she has figured out how to unlock it?
I had the thought yesterday that I am really entering a new stage in my life. For the past 8 years I have basically focused all of my energy on my kids and family. And I have been totally fine with that. I would do anything for my family....sacrifice anything. However, I have been feeling like maybe its time to allow myself a little time for me....not a lot of course because my main priority is still here at home but you know here and there.....lunch with a friend, bunco once a month, voice lessons. I still have to fight the urge to justify it....just like I am doing now. It is difficult for me not to feel tremendous guilt when I leave the kids with dad or with a babysitter. Even though I dont do it that often, it is hard for me. But, it feels so nice to get away even for an hour. Is that horrible? I just decided that I am already 37 and I dont want to be 57 and thinking, why didnt I do that? So, slowly I am entering this stage and kinda enjoying it..... I am meeting friends for lunch this weekend.....next week I have a bunco game and a voice lesson..... In Jan/Feb Im going on a 3 day girls trip to Taos, New Mexico for some skiing..... Its nice to have me time and I think it will make me a better mom too! One of these days when I get in better running shape, and I will, Im going to start making little running trips to different races. I plan on bringing the family to those though! Im hoping my kids will catch the bug to run and be healthy with me..... Anyway, I am just jibbering this morning but wanted to "write" down my thoughts.
For those wondering, my father-in-law Don is not doing very well. Some are saying they hope he makes it to Christmas, others are more positive. It is difficult to really know how he is doing from here of course. He fell a week or so ago and really hasnt gotten out of bed since. He wont eat. We think he should stop taking the chemo for a little while to try and get his strength back but others are to afraid to allow that......I hate to hear how he is suffering. I hate that my kids probably wont get to see him again. I hate that we cant help somehow. I hope he knows how much we love him...... We are going to send Denver there for a couple of weeks over Christmas so he can spend time with his dad. They did get a new medication yesterday that is supposed to help him eat. I hope it works. He can use all the prayers he can get......
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Ive been running 2 miles everyday but Sunday on the treadmill. I knew that it would be more difficult running on the ground but it was even harder than I imagined. Not to mention it was 32 degrees outside which made my lungs feel like I was inhaling needles. The first mile was pretty rough.....after that, it was a little easier. I did have to stop and walk up the hills twice but it was for only 60 seconds or so.....then I ran again. My shins are really feeling it right now.
So, there you go! I cant wait until I can run a 5k easily....that will be so great to be that in shape. Out of 435 contestants, I placed 320.....sounds horrible but I consider the fact that over 100 people finished AFTER I did a total success! And out of my age group, 34-39, I placed somewhere right in the middle......awesome.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
You know the kind that start off a little rough around the edges? Well I am having one, however, after this post I am going to turn it around! Power of positive thinking. Somehow I managed to completely reset my alarm clock this morning instead of hitting the snooze button and since I worked until 1:00 a.m., my body simply did not wake up on the first ring. Therefore, at 8:30 I shot out of bed disoriented and panicky knowing that I was late for something..... oh yeah, the kids have to get to school (already late) ..... and Im supposed to pick my Grandma up at 8:30 to take her to her meeting (right now) .... and then Im supposed to go to the gym to run before I get Soren (too late now)....wheres my glasses, wheres my shoes, ahhhhhhhh!
That is how I started my day. You know what though.....its a great day. It really is, and it is going to get better each minute. To help the day out, Im going to list the things that I am grateful for today:
I AM GRATEFUL THAT........
-I am not throwing up
-I lost 2 pounds this
-my kids arent sick
-I have a voice lesson tonight (yay, cant wait)
-Im running my first 5k on Saturday (or least running half of it :) )
-My house is semi-clean
-The election is over
-We have 4 seasons and it snowed
(although if it melted by Sat, I would be even happier)
-I am close to my family
-I am Blessed
See, Im feeling better already.....hope you all have an awesome day!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
This sight is better appreciated from the inside of a warm home especially now that I am not "under the weather" anymore..... Big apologies to our house guests that took the bug home with them. It wasnt intentional :)
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
I did, however sick I was, manage to crawl across the street to VOTE today. Hope you all did too.....there is still time for some of you. One vote does make a difference.