Thursday, January 27, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
He was a strict man and had his expectations of people but what a loving soul he had. Children loved him and he them....he was a good man. I am going to miss him and wish I had been able to see him more often. He was buried today and I wish I could have been there.
According to my parents my first word was "Gunka" which is what I called my Grandpa. This is me at age 2 probably getting ready to wake my Gunka up. It is one of my favorite pictures.
We always loved to pat his bald head. I dont think I have ever seen my Grandpa with hair...not even as a young man. I hear he lost it very early in life. He was in the Air Force and was buried in the Veterans section of the cemetary. He took good care of my Grandma and was content to sit back and let all of us gab away...not saying much but throwing a grin and a story in when he could. I dislike the fact that I am growing old and losing loved ones, but I suppose that is the way it has to be. Sure do love you Grandpa.....
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
For those that are close to me, you know how particular I have been throughout my life about my jeans. I have always suffered from the long leg syndrome...I know, there are worse things to have to suffer through...but trust me, it made buying jeans very difficult for me! As I have aged and put on extra weight, my plight has become even worse because now I struggle to find Cute jeans to fit me in all the right places and still be the right length. There are many 'plus size' clothing makers out there that apparently don't think bigger girls want to look stylish and cute. Or worse, they charge you your body weight for the cute ones. Well, I have found the solution! Fashion to Figure.
I recently had the opportunity to choose something from their line of Very cute, Very fashionable clothing. It was a difficult choice to make... but I decided to throw caution to the wind and try out the Dark Indigo Skinny Jeans. I have always wanted to try a pair of skinny jeans.
Not only did they appear to be cute jeans, but the price tag was incredibly reasonable. So I ordered and waited and wore them immediately the day they arrived.
The verdict? I don't think I will ever buy jeans anywhere else! Seriously, they are the most comfortable jeans I have ever worn.
I have been wearing them now for a few weeks. I wanted to wash them a few times before I actually wrote this review because the way jeans wash up make a big difference in my level of excitement. So far, after 4 washings, the color hasn't faded one bit. They are still nice and dark and fit just as well. I absolutely LOVE them!
If you happen to be what the fashion industry considers plus sized (which we all know means nothing) then you seriously must check out this store...the prices will amaze you as will the selection of fabulous, stylish clothing. They even have cute jewelry...heaven help me.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
While I babysat Jude, Denver took the kids sledding since we had received 6 inches of snow that previous night. They were anxious to use their new tubes. Here was Addison a few days before when we were supposed to get snow but didnt. She was highly disappointed as you can see. On a side note, here is Addison with her new Barbie Dream House all set up. She is so happy with this present....hours of playtime :)
We checked in on Saturday and headed straight for the indoor pool.
Nothing like swimming in the Winter to make you really excited for Summer! After we swam we showered up and headed across the street for dinner at Macaroni Grill
and then went to Temple Square to see the Christmas lights.
It was beautiful as usual but I think it is always more effective to see these during the season....once Christmas is over it's a little anti-climatic...at least for me it is. Still, despite the balmy 10 degrees outside and the frozen thumbs, we enjoyed it.
Addison was on a mission to see Jesus. She didnt want to see the lights at all...she just kept screaming that she wanted to go see Jesus. So here she is.....with Jesus!
Afterward we stopped at Starbucks for some peppermint hot cocoa and then went back to the hotel and played board games. It was a lot of fun to just get away from the house for a night. I highly recommend it :)
So now, the kids are back in school and I have to say as much as I loved the Winter break this year it is nice to get back into routines. There is something to be said about having some "quiet" time! I start back to school next week and I am nervous but excited now that I am getting into my Major classes. I will be taking a Grammar class, a Theory class, a Writing class, and a Childrens Literature class. Should be fun and busy!
As for the New Year, Im not big on making resolutions because I nearly always fail at them however, there is something to be said about setting goals and trying to move forward through life rather than sitting still. With that being said, I think this year my goal is to stop limiting myself. There is no reason I cannot accomplish all of the things that I dream about and so that is what I am going to focus on. That, and Im going to try really hard to be nicer to myself....I tend to be very self critical and I see this manifesting itself in my son Ian. As far as the other New Years resolutions, like losing weight....well, I believe that will be a lifelong battle for me and so Im just going to do my best to keep a handle on it. That's about all I can do at this point.
I hope you all have a Fabulous 2011 and that all of your dreams come true ;)
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Christmas Eve was awesome for 2 reasons this year:
1. I had completed all my shopping by the 2nd week of December and if
you know me, then you know what a miracle that feat alone is! It allowed for a lot more relaxation :)
2. Anticipation! I love Christmas Eve better than Christmas Day
because everything is so magical still. After Christmas morning is over,
it feels like the holidays end....I think this is why Christmas Eve is my
favorite day of the year!
Christmas Eve afternoon we gathered at Nathan's house for what has become our traditional pizza lunch/gift exchange with my brothers. It is always a great time and we love spending time with everyone. The little ones of course make it even more enjoyable. Soren wouldnt pose for my camera but he didnt mind spinning in circles for me! He is in his own world and is so much fun to watch....
And last but not least is Evan with one of his favorite gifts....One thing that I love about Evan is his simplicity and the fact that if I gave him a rock, he would cherish it for life. So sweet. This is his Discovery Channel Shark Week set of DVD's. Evan loves sharks and plans on becoming a Marine Biologist when he grows up....after watching some of the DVD's with him, this mom hopes he changes his mind and picks a nice desk job!! Yikes!!