Sunday, March 21, 2010

a way to be calm


Must have really needed calming yesterday when I dragged my mom and sister to a new bakery in town to try their cupcakes. Yes, I ate two. Yes, I still have one sitting on my kitchen counter. Yes, it calmed me. Yes, I know it's not the healthiest thing to do when stressed out. But hey, whatever gets ya through the day!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

traditions


We started St. Patrick's Day off with pretty much our only tradition for this day - green pancakes. My mom made them every year when we were growing up. Always. And it was something that I always looked forward to enjoying.
As I made these this morning it made me think that we haven't started too many traditions with our own little family. That's kind of sad. I loved having traditions as a child. Having something to celebrate is always fun. Since my parents are converts to the church, every Aug. 5 we would celebrate (and still try to) our family anniversary - the day my parents were sealed and we became an eternal family. We would have a fun activity and go out to dinner. Loved it! I think I'm going to put some real effort into starting our own traditions.
The memories of them are definitely worth something the older we get.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

finally moving

Yep, we're moving. We are still in the process of trying to find a home to buy because a few of the short sales we placed offers on didn't work out. However, we've been given the opportunity to rent a home in Salt Lake Co. in the meantime. It's a huge blessing for us. We will have a lot more space, big yards and it's closer to work for Mark. And I have decorating ideas coming out my ears! We received the keys today and will take our time over the next two weeks to clean and move things over. I can't even tell you what a relief this is. We are thrilled!
This change is going to be great for us.

Monday, March 15, 2010

wounded



(both taken with my cell so the quality is not great)

It's official. All three of my children have now had stitches. Izzy was jumping on the couch and fell. The top of her eyelid hit the corner of the table. Not good. I drove her up to the ER and she received four little stitches. She handled the situation really well, surprisingly. I guess the kids can all compare scars and stories as they get older.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

our 9th year

(picture didn't scan very well)

Today is our 9th wedding anniversary. Wow. We are almost to double digits. It doesn't feel like nine years (10 since we started dating) at all. I have to start out by saying that this last year has been one of the toughest. Who said the first year was hard? It was bliss for us. I think as you go on and add kids, bills, moves...it all gets so much harder.
However, we've always been able to work through the toughest situations. Always together. When one of us changes, as people do throughout life, we work to change together. We are best friends and cheerleaders for each other. We have fun. We laugh. Nobody can make me laugh like Mark. Nobody. He lets me be me. That is my favorite. I love Mark more than ever before. Truly. We've had a few moments over the past few days that have helped us focus on us again. And I'm sure grateful for that!

Happy 9th Anniversary to us!


This one goes out to Mark. It's our song.

Friday, March 05, 2010

accomplishment


one of Ethan's accomplishments - learning how to play soccer

A few days ago I was on one of my favorite blogs and they were having a giveaway for a cool little necklace that Nie Nie wears. I'm a fan of this particular style of jewelry so I thought I would enter the giveaway. Normally you just make a comment and leave your email. This time they asked that you share something that you accomplished last year that you're proud of. I had to think. And think. And think. What did I accomplish last year? I thought for a second that having Izzy by c-section and moving two weeks later was a good one but then I remembered that she was born in 2008, not 2009.
Dang. So I didn't enter the giveaway.
Later that day I asked Mark what he thought my accomplishment from last year was. He didn't have an answer. However, he said something that I liked. He made the point that a lot of things I do on a daily basis can qualify as accomplishments. I think that maybe I feel that at the end of the day and I'm satisfied with what I was able to do but I don't actually think too much about it. I homeschool. Accomplishment. We try not to eat cold cereal to save money so I have to come up with a breakfast every morning. Accomplishment. And, by the way, I am not a morning person and get really bugged by this task. Let's be honest, waking up at a decent time is an accomplishment for me. And getting to the end of a day and still smiling. Accomplishment. I think women tend to be their worst enemy and let the guilt and those overwhelmed feelings pile up when we think we aren't doing enough, we haven't accomplished enough. Sure I can always do better. That's the point of life. But I just want to make sure that I recognize the small daily changes as well as the big noticed accomplishments. Life is just better that way.

P.S. I ended up thinking of something I accomplished that I could post on the giveaway. I started a book club.