Thursday, December 31, 2009
Every year we put our family's new year goals and predictions in my journal. I told my grandma this when we bought our yearly journal together. She said, "Isn't that a bunch of fooey!" Ha ha- you have to know my grandma. She doesn't like the word "goals"- same with my mom. I think it's the whole formality of making goals and the pressure to make your life structured and not to deviate from it. But whether you call it a goal or not, we all have things we want to accomplish (my mom and grandma included!). I like to write them down- it helps motivate me a little more- even though I rarely make the goals completely (I'm a slacker:).
These are our goals/predictions from 2009 and the progress we made:
Tavish works only 1 job- nope, still working 2 jobs...hmm...maybe someday
Sara reads books- Yep- yay Sara!
Mac will learn to walk- yep, took 14 months
There will be 1 marrige in the family (hopefully 2)- There were 3! Tavish's brother, my brother, and my sister- Yay!
Tavish thinks there will be another big terrist attack in the US (isn't that positive thinking?) Holly says no there won't- Holly is right as usual.
We get a swing set- Yep!
Sleep through the night- Yes! Yay! Thanks Mac! (most of the time)
Be nice to Andrew- Yep- most of the time
Clean room at least 2 times a week- Yep- most weeks
Not grab Mac so much- Uhh... no
Read books- Yep
Don't fight with Sara or kids at school- Pretty good
Read harder books- Yep
Write in journal once a week- Nope
Don't leave things laying around the house- I wish
Read D&C (changed to New Testament then B of M in spanish)- Nope, did a little of each- doh!
Make Weight Watcher goal- ha ha, when do I ever make my weight goal? (I did lose 12 pounds though- better than nothing)
Go to temple once a month- Almost
Visit Teach every month- Not quite
Get basement organized- Yes!
Live off Vantage pay check and save 5%- Uhh... nope
Read scriptures every day- Hmm... I don't think so, but he did better than me.
Play sports with the kids- Once in a while
Get Duty to God stuff sorted out- Changed callings to ward clerk, so no longer aplicable
I love starting a new year. I feel like it's a time to start fresh, reflect on the past year, repent of things we didn't do so hot on, and try again- giving us hope for a better year!
Putting it simply by Joseph B. Worthlin: "May we set righteous goals and work to achieve them, do what is right, and reach out with love to those around us..."
Happy New Year!
Anyway, it was great. I loved being there with everybody (we were sad Mary and Ryan weren't able to come though). We took the kids to the park... played tennis (I love St. George in the winter)... watched our family Christmas movies... played games... ate way, way, too much... stayed up chatting... And got spoiled with too many presents (especially the kids- that's what happens when they are the only grandkids). Another bonus for us is that everyone helps out with the kids :)
It was nice not to feel homesick this Christmas, despite the pain of packing everything, the drive...all of that. I love my family and am grateful for them. I'm also grateful for a sweet husband who was willing to be with my family this year.
Feeding the Ducks- Christmas Eve (Look how handsome Tavish is here :)
Santa found us in St. George. I love the monkey PJs.
Presents from uncles and aunts, grandmas and Grandpas, Moms and Dads, brothers and sisters
Too many presents... Where are we going to put all of this?
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Throwing a fit when I got him all bundled up to go out into the snow.
Mac loves to DUMP things... toys, cereal boxes out of the garbage can with lots of crumbs (don't have a pic of that), pretzles... just before this he took a bag of popcorn out of the garbage and dumped the leftover kernels...
He also likes to throw things in the toilet and playing in it... haven't got a picture of that either- I'm always in too big of a hurry to get him out and washed up.Mac loves UNdecorating the tree and playing with the presents. We decided to put the gate around it and had to fix it just right because he was finding ways to get through it. (Sara checks the presents under the tree EVERY day)
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Thanks neighbor. You are my blessing of the day!
Saturday, December 5, 2009
This week we were able to get the swine flu vaccine. Yea! I can't tell you how many times I have tried to get that for us... I'm sure you don't want to hear all of the details. I'ts been something I've worried about. I've heard too many bad stories from the flu. So, on Monday I decided to go to Provo to get a reservation ticket for the vaccine. I was dreading waiting in line with Mac to get the ticket, then wait in line again to get the shot the next day. We were also going to get the van registered (nothing like putting it off until the last day:) Anyway, I went online to check if the Health Department were giving tickets that day, and lo and behold- they started giving tickets online! Yay! I got the tickets online, registered the van online, and we got the shot the next day. What a blessing! I'm so grateflu for modern medicine and technology!
I've also been lucky to do a lot of Christmas shopping online with good deals and free shipping. Yesterday I decided I needed to actually go out and get some stuff, so I took the 3 kids shopping. After all the crowds, traffic, my fighting and screaming children (Mac literaly screamed about the whole time in Shopko), I was ready to scream myself. The kids were driving me crazy. To top it off, I wasn't able to find what I wanted, we came home to a bomb of a house, and our brand new Christmas lights didn't work (that we were planning on putting up). I was ready to run away. Luckily, Tavish came home and could see the distress on my face, and said, "I brought a movie home; you need to relax." He was right- he's such a good husband.
So what I learned: I'm going to take advantage of our modern technology and conveniences and do as much shopping online as possible... and only go out when I need to- by MYSELF! (Is that possible?) That should help me not be such a grinch this Christmas season.
Monday, November 30, 2009
This week I am grateful for family and family traditions.
When I was a teenager my family started making gingerbread houses. My mom had a friend who was the gingerbread house queen. She made beautiful, elaborate, gingerbread villages. She taught my mom how to make them (although we never were near as talented and elaborate as she was), and we made them as a family during those teenage years. As we all grew up and left the house the tradition kind of died out. The past few years, though, I've tried to keep up this tradidtion and share it with the inlaws.
1. Make the dough (this year I skimped a little too much on the flour- made the housed a little soft) I'm grateful for my Bosch!
3. Cut and remove the pieces. You have to do this while it's warm or it gets hard and breaks. ( I feel like I'm doing a cooking show)
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Yesterday our relief society president gave a lesson about "What Matters Most". I think it was just for me. When someone you know dies it seems to bring us back to that question doesn't it? What matters most? Who knows when our time, or the time of others around us, is up here on earth. I've been thinking about what matters most and am trying to spend my time on what matters most. I know, it's only been a day since that lesson, but hey- one day spent on what matters most is better than no days right? Here's a video clip about what president Monson has to say about what matters most:
from Finding Joy in the Journey
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
This is the only picture I got with my dad standing up in the background. I thought Tavish's tail was pretty cute too.
Monday, October 19, 2009
He took me to an authentic Spanish restaurant in Salt Lake. We had to try it out to see if it really tasted like food from Spain (that's where I went on my mission, if you were wondering). It was pretty authentic, at least what we had, but was way overpriced. That's ok- it was so nice of Tavish to think of that and take me there. I shouldn't be a tight wad on my anniversary. Oh- and, my mother in law took the kids for the night. Ahh- it was so quiet at our house, and we could sleep in as long as we wanted :). It's the first time we've been away from Mac for a night. I heard that Andrew got Grandma up in the night, and she went and slept by him. Sometime later, Sara got up and got in bed with Grandpa. Then Andrew was up before 6:00 AM. Sorry Grandma and Grandpa, but it sure was nice for us!
The next morning we decided to go to the temple. I was amazed how un-crowded it was, until I realized that we had just missed the session, and the next one was in spanish. Tavish said he wanted to go to it, and of course I wanted to try a session in spanish! I loved it! I don't know if it was because I was surrounded by sweet hispanic ladies, that I paid extra close attention, that I got extra insight from the language, or that I was just recharged from being without the kids for a night, but it was one of the best sessions I've been to.
Tavish was so sweet to me and pretty much planned what I wanted to do. He's always considerate of me and unselfish. He also gave me a hot mama apron and a necklace.
I love my Tavish and am so glad that I made a good choice marrying him!
Muwah (that's a kiss)- I love you Tavy!
Monday, October 5, 2009
I think one of the most common ways that God blesses us is through other people, so here is a big thanks to everyone that helped me out. Thanks mom and sisters for lots of food, dad for mowing our lawn, Chelsy for hanging up my pictures (everyone knows I'm no decorator), Dad-in-law for the tables, Tav for all his work and patience, Lanelle for the game, everyone else with food assignments, and my sweet Sara who cleaned all day with me; I'm glad I have a little girl.
My sister-in-law gave me these ducky pics for our bathroom and hung them. I thought they were the cutest!
Lovely toilet paper wedding gowns!