Tuesday, December 30, 2008

marley and me

It was better than the book. And I loved the book! We all cried like a bunch of babies. Poor Reagan was uncontrollably sobbing through the last ten minutes. We want to go back and see it again. yes, it was THAT good.

Monday, December 29, 2008

thought for the day...




Today, I am NOT going to concern myself with....



dirty dishes



floors in need of vacuuming



new toys from Santa strewn about


achieving laundry nirvana - (it doesn't exist, btw)


getting the car oil changed


preparing for my pres. mtg later this week





TODAY I am going to...


do Brady's new puzzle with him


watch a movie with Jensen


Play Hannah Montana on Wii with the girls


shoot some hoops with Tanner


write a couple of thank you notes to people who enrich my life


...and ENJOY my family being home!


Monday, December 22, 2008

For Your Holiday Viewing Pleasure

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

Monday, December 15, 2008

re-gifting, at it's absolute cutest

So we found this under the tree.....


Brady wanted to join in on the gift-giving spirit but funds must have been limited, I guess. He asked Reagan to write "To: Reagan, From: Brady" on toilet paper and then picked out one of his trucks to give to her. He wrapped it in the toilet paper and stuck it under the tree. Too cute.

teacher gift

I was suffering last week from a bout of blog-negligence due to the time hog that my calling has recently become. I will be back in full swing soon, though. For now, this will have to suffice:

Haley asked for teacher gift ideas. Here is a favorite of mine. Go to your local Blockbuster and get a large popcorn bucket and fill it with goodies for the movie. We like the pretzel Dips and Hot Tamales but they have EVERYTHING you can think of. Then throw in a Gift Card for a movie rental ( or two or three or ten - if you REALLY like your kid's teacher). If you wanna go crazy you could add a GC for dinner somewhere too. I have always gotten good feedback from teacher' s when we give them this.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

rushing to forgive....inspiring


I was so touched by this man who lost four loved ones to a tragic accident. Such a Christlike reaction, so immediate. Read on and be touched:

A korean whose wife, two young daughters and mother-in-law perished when a military jet crashed into his house says he doesn't blame the pilot who safely ejected. The Marine Corps fighter plane was returning from an offshore training mission Monday when it clipped a tree and slammed into homes about two miles from its base. Two homes were incinerated, and three others were damaged. Three generations of a Korean family died in one home. The family's pastor, the Rev. Kevin Lee of the Korean United Methodist Church in San Diego, identified three of them as Young Mi Yoon, 36; her 2-month-old daughter, Rachel; and her mother, Suk Im Kim, 60, who was visiting from South Korea to help care for her daughter's newborn. The body of 15-month-old Grace Yoon, Rachel's sister, was found in the home Tuesday, Fire Department spokesman Maurice Luque said. No one else remained missing.
The San Diego County medical examiner's office has not officially released the names of the victims. Young Mi Yoon's husband defended the pilot Tuesday. "I don't have any hard feelings," Dong Yun Yoon, 37, told reporters near the rubble where his home once stood. "I know he did everything he could." "Please pray for him not to suffer from this accident," Dong Yun Yoon said. "I know he is one of our treasured for the country."

Monday, December 8, 2008

McKinley Ilene's Baptism



What a wonderful day! It far surpassed my expectations. We had so many loved ones and friends there. It meant alot to us that so many took time out of their Saturday to come celebrate with us. When I got home I realized I didn't have any pictures of me with MCkinley! :O( I am hoping my dad got one. I didn't get a pic of him with her either! He and I were taking all the pics. If any of you have pictures that you took, please email them to me!
Here are a few of the folks that showed up....

Lindsey and Kyle (my sister and her hubby).....


The Fredericksens (friends from C2) made it! We were so happy to see them!

Memomie (my Dad's mom) came from Saginaw for the big day!


That is my mom with my sister.
Papa Jack came and gave the closing prayer. We love him so much!

Grandaddy (my Mother's father) and Lila came.

McKinley's middle name is "Ilene". She is named after a very dear friend of mine that died about 14 years ago. Her oldest daughter, Lynsi, came. She totally suprised us - we weren't sure if she would be able to make it. I teared up when I saw her because it made it that much more meaningful for me to have her there. I was able to introduce McKinley to Lynsi and remind her about Ilene and why we named her after her.















Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Santa playdate



We went to playgroup today with our friends, the Sallaways. On our way out we stumbled upon the big guy himself! He was hanging out in Nordstrom of all places and there wasn't a line or anything! This is a perfect example of why I am glad to have a camera small enough to carry with me all the time.

BTW, We had to take this pic of Brady and Ashley holding hands. They do it all the time. We have decided we will put it out for all to see at their wedding reception in about 20 years.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

tag-a-licious!!


I saw this tag on jessica's blog. It looked like fun. I am one of the few people in the blog-o-sphere that actually ENJOYS tag. I like to do them and I like to read them. I am supposed to do it in a word but that is HARD! I tried my darndest. I actually filled this out on Sat. and scheduled it to go out today so that is why it says we went to the temple last night (Ward Temple night was Friday).....

1. Where is your cell phone? charging
2. Where is your significant other? home
3. Your hair color? blonde-ish
4. Your mother? atypical
5. Your father? generous
6. Your favorite thing? family
7. Your dream last night? sad
8. Your dream/goal? salvation
9. The room you're in? office
10. Your hobby? reading
11. Your fear? illness
12. Where do you want to be in six years? better
13. Where were you last night? Temple (and "Uncle Julio's")
14. What you're not? patient
15. One of your wish list items? trainer
16. Where you grew up? Carrollton
17. The last thing you did? shop
18. What are you wearing? sweats
19. Your TV? on
20. Your pet? Great Dane
21. Your computer? laptop
22. Your mood? relaxed
23. Missing someone? Vali* (see addendum)
24. Your car? Suburban
25. Something you're not wearing? makeup
26. Favorite store? Gap
27. Your summer? enjoyable
28. Love someone? hubby
29. Favorite color? red
30. Last time you laughed? "Dodgeball" (the movie)
31. Last time you cried? testimony meeting

I tag: Karen S, Ami A, and Megan O.
just copy and paste and then fill in your own answers. :O)

Addendum: How's this for Karma? I said in here that I was missing Vali. She is one of my dearest friends from C2. I have known her for over twenty years. Who shows up at our door last night right before FHE but Mike and Vali! I love them so much. They were going out of town and were going to miss Kiki's baptism this weekend so she brought by this beautiful white towel she had embroidered with her baptism date and her name. They are the best!!!! I am so happy that she came by but I am still missing her. I wish I could be with her every day. Is there anthing better than seeing ole' friends???

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thanksgiving

We had a nice Thanksgiving at my Aunt and Uncle's house. Here are some pics.

This is my Aunt, Sharon. She is one of my best friends and favorite people walking the planet!
Everyone chipped in to help. Reagan sets one of three tables. We had ALOT of people there.

My Uncle, Greg. Gettin in the mood for the holidays with some reindeer ears.
This is my little sister, Lindsey. Everyone says Reagan looks (and acts) just like her.

I brought a Tomato/Mozzarella Salad. It is my new fave.

and a Granola Chocolate-Chip Pie. It sounds weird but it's divine!


"Chief" Brady made sure the Native American population was represented at our Thanksgiving festivities. He made this at pre-school for their party and insisted on wearing it again.
"Gigi" ( my grandmother) with the girls. They played dominoes while we waited for the feast to begin. Check her out in her black leather coat. She is the coolest and I just love her so much. Every year I wonder if this might be my last holiday with my grandparents. I hope I can still play dominoes when I am 83.

I don't know how I ended up without any pics of Tanner. He and Brent went out to toss the football and somehow Tanner ended up in the pool. He had to take his pants off and wear a blanket around him while his pants dried. I should have taken a picture but I must have been busy somewhere else.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

the virtue of kindness

I love this talk! I found it years ago. I was having a trial because of someone who had been less than kind to me over an extended period of time. This talk provided alot of peace and comfort to me. I keep it in a file of favorites to study every once in awhile. I especially love the story at the end from the life of Elder Talmadge. He was the author of "Jesus the Christ". After reading this, it is no wonder he had such an understanding of the Savior's nature. He exemplified it in his own life. If you don't have time for scripture study today, read this post and then reflect on it while you spend time with the kids, cook, grocery shop, clean the house and it will edify you. I promise.


I often wonder why some feel they must be critical of others. It gets in their blood, I suppose, and it becomes so natural they often don’t even think about it. They seem to criticize everyone—the way Sister Jones leads the music, the way Brother Smith teaches a lesson or plants his garden.

Even when we think we are doing no harm by our critical remarks, consequences often follow. I am reminded of a boy who handed a donation envelope to his bishop and told him it was for him. The bishop, using this as a teaching moment, explained to the boy that he should mark on the donation slip whether it was for tithing, fast offerings, or for something else. The boy insisted the money was for the bishop himself. When the bishop asked why, the boy replied, “Because my father says you’re one of the poorest bishops we’ve ever had.”

The Church is not a place where perfect people gather to say perfect things, or have perfect thoughts, or have perfect feelings. The Church is a place where imperfect people gather to provide encouragement, support, and service to each other as we press on in our journey to return to our Heavenly Father.

Each one of us will travel a different road during this life. Each progresses at a different rate. Temptations that trouble your brother may not challenge you at all. Strengths that you possess may seem impossible to another.

Never look down on those who are less perfect than you. Don’t be upset because someone can’t sew as well as you, can’t throw as well as you, can’t row or hoe as well as you.

One way you can measure your value in the kingdom of God is to ask, “How well am I doing in helping others reach their potential? Do I support others in the Church, or do I criticize them?”


If you are criticizing others, you are weakening the Church. If you are building others, you are building the kingdom of God. As Heavenly Father is kind, we also should be kind to others.

Elder James E. Talmage, a man who is remembered for his doctrinal teachings, showed great kindness to a neighbor family in distress. They were complete strangers to him. Before he was an Apostle, as a young father, he became aware of great suffering at a neighbor’s home whose large family was stricken with the dreaded diphtheria. He did not care that they were not members of the Church; his kindness and charity moved him to act. The Relief Society was desperately trying to find people to help, but no one would because of the contagious nature of the disease.

When he arrived, James found one toddler already dead and two others who were in agony from the disease. He immediately went to work, cleaning the untidy house, preparing the young body for burial, cleaning and providing for the other sick children, spending the entire day doing so. He came back the next morning to find that one more of the children had died during the night. A third child was still suffering terribly. He wrote in his journal: “She clung to my neck, ofttimes coughing [germs] on my face and clothing, … yet I could not put her from me. During the half hour immediately preceding her death, I walked the floor with the little creature in my arms. She died in agony at 10 a.m.” The three children had all departed within the space of 24 hours. He then assisted the family with the burial arrangements and spoke at their graveside services. This he did all for a family of strangers. What a great example of Christlike kindness!

When we are filled with kindness, we are not judgmental. The Savior taught, “Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.” He also taught that “with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.”

“But,” you ask, “what if people are rude?”

Love them.

“If they are obnoxious?”

Love them.

“But what if they offend? Surely I must do something then?”

Love them.

“Wayward?”

The answer is the same.
Be kind. Love them.

Why? In the scriptures Jude taught, “And of some have compassion, making a difference.”

Who can tell what far-reaching impact we can have if we are only kind?

May we be models of kindness. May we ever live up to the words of the Savior: “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”

from "The Virtue of Kindness" May 2005 Ensign

by Joseph B. Wirthlin

Sunday, November 23, 2008

picture tag, thanks Karen :O)

When Tanner got his brown belt - right before he got his Black belt. Can you believe how much he has changedin 4 short years?




Thursday, November 20, 2008

Santa came a lil' early....

TA DA!!! Why did Santa come early? Because I was grossly negligent with my last camera. A really nice one that my dh gave me LAST year for Christmas. I dropped it while taking pictures on the first day of school and even though my dh took it in to get it fixed- it was never the same. I wanted one that was small and could fit in my purse.

That is also the reason I haven't posted much this week. Never fear dear friends!! I will be back in the saddle as soon as she is done charging up!!!! Have a great weekend Folks!

Friday, November 14, 2008

stretching




My cousin posted this pic when she mentioned that she had some changes in her life that would require some stretching on her part. It got me to thinkin' about all the things that have helped me stretch over the years. Here are my top five, in order.
1. Brent's illness
2. Being married to a Bishop while trying to raise 4 young children
3. graduating from College while working, being a newlywed
4. My present calling
5. being raised as a step-child
I am a different person today because of all of the above and I am so glad I made it!
What is the thing that has made you stretch the most and why?

BRAG Boards

Don't know what to do with all those pictures, certificates, ribbons, etc that your little guys come home with all the time? I had an idea once and now when other moms come over they comment on it so I thought I would share (sorry about the picture quality, I am having camera issues again but you get the idea)... Some of you are so talented - you could doll your brag boards up but since I am not crafty mine are just plain....










You can put anything on them. I have pictures of my girls when they were flower girls at my sister's wedding, Tanner's certificate showing he is a black belt in Karate, notes from the desk fairy proclaiming desk cleanliness, swim team ribbons, original artwork, etc.








Wednesday, November 12, 2008

TANNER teaches ME!


I love this kid. Sometimes I marvel that 1/2 of him came from MY gene pool. Brent and I secretly refer to him as our little Nephi. He is such a good boy. No he is a GREAT PERSON. One of the BEST people I know.

Today he suffered a disappointment. It broke his mother's heart. I went in my room where noone could see and shed a tear. I love him so much and ,as his mom, it is hard for me to see him experience disappointment.

Not making the team doesn't really seem like a big deal but when you are in the 7th grade it can feel like it. Not this 7th grader, though. He walked through the door with a big smile on his face, announced the bad news, and then went outside to shoot some more hoops. He is not the least bit upset. Even when he told me that one of his "friends" who had made the team kind of rubbed it in (SO not cool) he said it didn't bother him. I really don't think it did. I think he was happy for the guy.

I love that about him.

There are kids that seem like they get everything they want...success and achievement come naturally to them in everything they do.

Things that come naturally to Tanner are:
friends,
integrity,
kindness,
and a great attitude.
I am sad to see him not get what he wants, but I recognize that it it is how we deal with disappointments, not the successes, in life that build the most character. Times like these will make him the kind of honorable man his dad is. Tonight, for that, I am grateful.

My new and improved "office" aka I love IKEA!!!

I used to have a little corner in our bedroom for my desk but got a wild idea to move it upstairs to an area off the game room. Now I have more space and the added bonus of being able to see the tv in the media room while I pay bills, scrap, e-mail, blog, etc...What do you think? The big pink boxes hold all of my scrapbooking supplies. Zeus thinks the green rug on the floor was purchased just for him to lie on when I am up there working. It needs paint but I haven't decided yet what color. Any suggestions?



Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Ear-isistable!!

We took Jensen's friend, Caitlin, to see HSM3 on Saturday - she hadn't seen it yet -and we LOVED it and wanted to see it again. Then we suprised McKinley with a suggestion after the movie, "since you are turning 8 tomorrow do you want to go get your ears pierced?"


If you have a little girl wanting to get her ears pierced I recommend Libby Lu - they make a much bigger deal about it and are so good with the girls AND they were ALOT cheaper than Claire's (where we got Jensen's pierced last year).

She was so nervous!





And a shout out to my bud Tanner who was a trooper sitting in the front of Libby Lu (for all to see) watching our purses and bags during the big event. That had to be sheer torture for a 12 year old boy but he was a great sport, as always.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Traveling in safety

We were coming home from dinner in West Plano tonight in the heavy rain. I was driving. All of a sudden the car completely hydroplaned and we literally spinned twice completely around on the toll road. I can't believe we didn't roll. It was a miracle. Noone was hurt. We were all pretty shaken up, realizing how close we came to rolling and who knows what else... We immediately went to our knees when we got home and said a prayer of thanks to Heavenly Father for keeping us safe. I know he kept me calm in the midst of it all so that I could think clearly. I know he kept us from hitting the barrier or jumping the barrier or rolling the car with the 6 most precious things I have in it. Miracles DO happen.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

awards and accolades



At our awards ceremony on Friday Reagan was recognized for achievement in Language Arts (she is a big time reader like her mom) and again by the Art teacher for achievement in Art (which she MUST get from Dad cuz' I haven't got an artsy bone in my body and we seem to have a few kids with that ability).




McKinley was recognized with the certificate of citizenship for Outstanding Behavior.