Sunday, August 30, 2009

Do You Ever Wonder?

Why I spend so much time SMILING??????

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


Just a little re-post to make everyone laugh........
This is me (14) with the woman who would become my sister in law taken in 1992 or so.
Amy, those 17 years have been good to us girl!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

I've been........

Way too busy doing all of this, this week! My week has been filled with senior citizens doing track and field, racquetball, swimming, shooting, horseshoes, table tennis and so much more.

My boys got to "volunteer" at the track meet at BYU last Saturday. What a great experience for them to get the grand tour from this amazing athlete and for their mom to live out her old glory days with them. I loved sharing the track with them. Just seeing the wonder in their eyes as they watched the old guys run the 50 M Yard Dash and the long jump and shot put was enough to excite me. Maybe one of them will want to grow up and be just like me? Then I thought, Isaac (likely) Ethan (very unlikely). That boy hates walking down the street.

It sometimes seems like a lifetime ago that I was out on the track doing my thing. I sometimes feel so old and like I can't stick with it anymore. All I can say is if you're 80 and still "sticking with it", then so can I.
I feel inspired! I'm off to go run some laps.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Love on a John Deere........

Here is Miss Abby in Heaven with her best friend "Dacey" AKA Jace riding the John Deere during a recent irrigation at cute grandma Liston's farm.
I even found Abby up high on the ladder picking and eating cherries from the trees. Thanks to Becky, this has become a summer favorite for our kids. Here's to hoping we get one more good "water turn" before summer's end.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Just For Fun


Saturday, August 22, 2009

Our New Favorite Place!

We recently discovered Spanish Fork Reservoir. It is, in our opinion, Utah County's best kept secret!
Jus and I have taken the kids a couple of times over the past week so they can swim and fish! If you haven't gone, you should before it gets too cold. The water is very clear as it comes form a fresh mountain spring and it's stocked with tons of trout!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Thursday's Thought....

In recognition of certain anniversary events in my life as of late:

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


Has anyone noticed that I have been AVOIDING my blog?
I really could not figure out how to fix things up.....
Thanks to my sweet and smarty hubby for his time in applying the code my sweet and smarty friend Amy O gave us! It's good to have things back up and running.
Oh, and we have a new camera, so watch me go!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Here's To......

That unbelievable night 10 years ago when you asked that important question that would change our lives forever.
Here's to the Meteor Shower under the Golden Gate Bridge that night.
Here's to the beautiful ring you gave me with promises attached.
Here's to keeping those promises to me for the past 10 years, and me promising to keep doing the same for the next 70+ years.....and eternity.
Here's to The Clift Hotel, The Grand Cafe, picking out things for our future home together at CRATE & BARREL and eating clam chowder on the Pier as we watch the old men playing bocce ball.
Here's to the gorgeous children we have created together and spending our lives watching them grow.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Hey Girls......


Thursday, August 6, 2009

Thursday's Thought

"I want to be BUBBLES in soda...."
~Taken from yours truely's journal August 1993 after attending Girls State
Today we celebrate the life of an incredible boy. You can read more about him here. When I think of Cooper, I know that he was like bubbles in soda. He added so much life and laughter to all those who came in contact with him. Just like bubbles in soda, it was his time to rise to the top and join our Heavenly Father and I have no doubt that he is rejoicing in his celestial state.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

365 Days Ago....

....I was washed, and made clean again. I was PERFECT, but only for a time....
I will never forget this day and the many ways that letting God's grace into my life has changed me for the better.
Moroni 8:10 "Behold I say unto you that this thing shall ye teach—repentance and baptism unto those who are accountable and capable of committing sin; yea, teach parents that they must repent and be baptized, and humble themselves as their little children, and they shall all be saved with their little children. "
This beautiful picture of Christ is the first thing people see when they enter our home now. It was a very special gift given to me on that special day by our nanny and her family. It's a constant reminder that our house, is a home of believers. Believers in God's Eternal Plan. I love that each time I am coming or going, it reminds me to try to be more like Jesus. Although I am far from perfect, I am trying every day to be more like him. Maybe someday I won't have to 'try' anymore and it will just become who I am. I'm not sure if that destination is obtainable, but I'm sure going to try. But until then, I'll keep plugging away.....

A Confession.....

I was listening to some old tunes the other day and came across a Dave Matthews Band song from long ago. He played at my college homecoming at SMSU my freshman year. That was before his music was as famous. It was an awesome experience to see them in such a small venue! His music totally reminds me of that chapter in my life. Well, I always adored his "fire dancer" logo. In fact, I remember thinking on several occasoins: "If I ever get a tattoo, that would be what it would be of." Thank goodness I never gave in to that silliness. Not that I am calling any of you reading that have a tattoo silly....I just think I would have really regretted that decision now that I am thirty something. I still love the band and the logo but not so much that I would have wanted it permanently attached to my body! Oh, how we grow up.....

Monday, August 3, 2009

Awesome Coupon Monday

What a great way to end the summer! Hurry this expires August 9th!

Sunday, August 2, 2009


You're...My Friend, my companion, through good times and bad, my friend, my buddy, through happy and sad, beside me you stand, beside me you walk, you're there to listen, you're there to talk, with happiness, with smiles, with pain and tears, I know you'll be there, throughout the years! ~Anonymous

I give thanks each and every day for a best friend like you!

Saturday, August 1, 2009


Today is a very sad day for us all....
We said goodbye to a sweet and special boy who had an infectious smile and dimples that we'll never forget. It is so difficult in moments like these to understand such tragedy. I know that he is in heaven smiling that bright shiny smile down on us.
I feel overwhelmed with gratefulness to have gotten to be his Sunday School teacher these past few years. He has touched my life with his powerful spirit. I am appreciative my boys got to have such an amazing friend in their lives.
I stand astonished at his unbelievable family and their outstanding example.
But it's not really goodbye, it's we'll see you later......
We Love you, We miss you dearly.