Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Monday, August 2, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
There is a really good...well, somewhat good...okay, marginally good reason for my long absence: My friend BLOGGER and I have been fighting.!! He had all these little annoying quirks that were driving me crazy! Like not showing exactly what I typed and how I typed it. And making me drag photos around very slowly to put them where I want only to move them when I asked him to post. Is it too much to ask for spaces where I want them and pictures where I want them? I thought not. I decided the best thing for our friendship was for me to ignore him for a while. We were, you could say, "on a break!"
* Electric Blankets
* 4-wheel drive in a blizzard (glad I had Dad's truck!)
*Cell phone charms (for assisting me in catching the cell phone before it fell into the toilet because I forgot it was tucked in said comfy sweat pants)
*Doing baptisms at the temple with Alyx (one baptism was for a girl named Lovejoy...what a happy name!):
*"A Party on the Ceiling" (the ceiling of Red Robin was covered in helium balloons...joy!):
*Alice's entire wardrobe in the new Alice in Wonderland movie! Glorious costumes!!!:
*Kaytee's LOUD(!!), infectious laughter:
*A GIANT new book
*Children happily squealing "MOMMY!!!" and jumping up and down when I pull into the circle
*A visit from one of my all time favorite people on the planet...love you Jamela!:
*Post-It-Note-Thank-You-Note-Message from Jamela on the pantry door (we left it there for weeks after she left)
*A good game of Twister
*Dressing up like a clown!! Silly, happy, FUN! (I need to learn how to juggle...)
*Standing around the island to eat dinner. We don't even notice it's weird until a friend is over and then we realize normal people might want to sit down to eat their food.
*A really good batch of homemade Pad Thai
Monday, December 14, 2009
The night before, Alyx's car died. She was headed to a date and so she left it in the parking lot of the gas station, intending to retrieve it later.
The next morning, Alyx was SICK. Stay in bed, can't get up sick. She was finally feeling better in the mid-afternoon so we hurried to pick up her car.
Guess what? It WASN'T THERE anymore. The gas station had it towed.
We contacted the tow company about getting it out of impound. It was going to cost $150. Alyx was UPSET. Now she has to pay $150 for a DEAD car.
We decided we needed CHOCOLATE while we waited for the Tow Guy to meet us at the gas station. On the first handful, Alyx got ALL YELLOWS!
Now, we took that as a sign. YELLOW is happy and cheery and a completely NON-WORRIED color! We thought, this is a GOOD OMEN. Things are going to look up. Things are going to get brighter. It will be OK. We snapped this quick picture so we would remember.
So, the rest of the story is long and funny! Here are the high points:
Tow guy thought I was the daughter of the mother daughter team. Awesome compliment.
Car started on the first turn of the key...we were worried we were going to have to PUSH it out of impound. Nope, it STARTED.
Tow guy tells us of a place where we could park it overnight WITHOUT it being towed again so we can get help with the stalling problem.
Tow guy says, "I'm not going to charge you." HAPPY DAY!!
As I'm following Alyx to the parking lot, Tow Guy calls and asks me out to dinner! HA!
When I tell Alyx, she yells excitedly, "I KNEW IT!! I knew the only way we got out of that money is because I have a CUTE MOM!" Another awesome compliment.
Those M&M's ended up representing a different type of good omen for me. All of this happened on my would-have-been-anniversary with Jim. I was in a melencholy mood. I was discouraged. Then, randomly over the course of the discussions on picking up the car this guy finds out I'm a single mom of FIVE kids, I had my 1st when I was too young, I don't have any money, and a whole slew of other random info. And he still asked me out! I of course said I was unable to join him for dinner as my divorce in not final. But it was nice to be asked. It was a little reminder from heaven that everything will be ok. I don't have to be alone forever. There WILL be opportunities to meet people. And someday, if I want to, I can find a happy marriage again.
The rough day ended on a HIGH NOTE. And the best thing...those M&M's were Peanut Butter! YUM! :)
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
A while back I made these cake plates! I loved how they turned out.
2. Search the plate aisle for the cutest plates you can find.
Friday, December 4, 2009
We are lucky. We have GREAT neighbors....the Seegmiller Family. Dayton has done many "manly" chores for me (like capturing the tarantula on our porch & building an extension to our flower bed). Sophie is one of my favorite people! She is a KSL, garage sale and thrift store queen and her house is decorated "Oh So CUTE!" She is Olivia's soccer coach and she babysits Ella for me every Thursday when I go into the office. Colton is kind, creative and responsible and was one of my fun cub scouts. He builds great forts. Paige is Olivia's buddy. She is silly and caring and a really good friend. She loves to sing and dance. She has a great soccer kick! Kate is Ella's best friend. She asks to play with Kate every day. Kate is a sweetheart. She is quiet and smiles a lot. She is grateful and is very kind to Ella. I think that Thursday might be Ella's favorite day because she knows she gets to spend most of the day with Kate. Kate (well, Sophie...but in Ella's mind it is Kate) gives Ella all her ultra cute hand-me downs. Ella LOVES Kate. Like I said...We are LUCKY.
One afternoon in September, I was working up in the loft when Ella got really quiet downstairs. I called to her to see what she was doing. She answered, "I'm waiting for Kate!" She was sitting in the chair by the front window watching for Sophie's car to come home so she could see if Kate could play. I kept working, she kept waiting. After a while I went down to check on her. She had fallen asleep in the sunshine...waiting for Kate. The beautiful sight really made my day. After all, a best friend IS definately worth the wait!