Monday, June 20, 2011

I'm Baaaaaackkkk!!!

After a year and couple of months I have decided to end my hiatus from the blogging world and try again. So those of you who care, I'm BACK!!! And for those of you who don't, I'm BACK!!!!
  Actually, all I did was go private for some strange reason. Which also seemed to inhibit my blogging abilities too. So for fun, and for posterity, and for something to do I will resume my slovenly efforts here.

I never truly left. As in I blog stalked all my friends. So I have just decided to stop being selfish and allow you all to reciprocate!!! Hahahaha. I know. I'm a funny one. As the old saying goes, "No one enjoys me as much as myself"!! (that's for you miss Tricia!).
Anyway, the fun begins anew!!!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

500 days of Summer!! (Well, not that many, but who's counting?)

Ashley and the Boy!!!

My baby!! At 3 1/2 months

So serious, and adorable too!!

Aunt Allie can get him to smile!!

Little Sam's blessing day!
August 5, 2010

Brad and Lexi's wedding day! (The day before little Sam was blessed)

Mark and his little man on his blessing day!

Ashley's birthday celebration. Four generations!!

Sam's and my getaway trip in June to Big Bear and L.A.

Us on Big Bear Lake

Heather and her new husband, Wade with Z!
(married June 4th)

Allie's graduation day from Dental Hygiene School May 12, 2010

Tanner got to visit Taylor in the MTC for an hour, since he came home
1 1/2 weeks after Taylor left.

A very Happy Day! Tanner came home from Russia, April 27th!

Taylor in Birmingham, England - w/ his mission pres. and wife (the Ogdens)

Taylor in the MTC - he entered April 22, 2010

The day Taylor was set apart as a missionary (April 14th)

Taylor at his "Open House" before leaving for England.

Monday, May 31, 2010

The Greatest "Gig" on Earth!!!







Thursday, March 11, 2010

Ok. My blogs are starting to read like my journal! I start out "cracking a joke" about how I really blew my goal of "writing everyday, or every week or -fill in the blank". Then describe in detail the reason or excuse for my neglect! Then swear I'll never do it again, as long as I live (or until next time!!)

And THEN . . . I get going on what reeeeealllly inspired or motivated me to pick it up again. By now, my hand is cramped, I am droopy eyed, and floppy headed, and my shoulders are in vice grips of pain!! And thus the cycle has begun again and I only get about half way done, or only a small part of what I really wanted to share, before I lose all feeling in my body and forget half of what I really wanted to share anyway, and quit!!

So what was it I wanted to say???? My shoulders are screaming at me-- hold on-- let me do some shoulder shrugging exercises --ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! Much better. For the moment.

Ok, onward and forward.

Well, since the last time I wrote, (was it last year?? Nah, only a month or two ago!!) I found out my next grandbaby is going to be another boy!!! Yippee!!!
That is thrilling!!
I can't wait to be Grandma (or Grammy, or nana, or popey or got any good ideas??) to little Sam, Pacer, Dexter, Ahijah?????? (I know, I know, Ash, Ahijah is not in the running!! Even if it IS a family name and a bible one at that!!!).
Do you know what that means for me to be a grandma? Well, let me tell you . . . see I have a daughter, Ashley. She is married to Mark, and they did the business and now Ash has a baby inside her and. . . . ok. My lame attempt at a bit of humor. (It's late! ).
No but really - besides the fact that it automatically dates me, what it means to me is that the buck has passed! We will have successfully moved on or up the progression chart of life! We have stood up against the wall with a yardstick, and the mark has been made, and in review have grown an inch or two in this thing we call life!
I know this happened when Miles was born last December. But without him here with us as a constant reminder, it's a lot easier to pretend that we have not moved into the next realm of parenthood. But with this little guy!! Well, bring it on, is all I have to say!
I have mixed emotions about it all. My kids are grown up. My baby leaves for his mission in a month and 4 days. My second youngest will be home from his mission a couple of weeks after that. And who knows how long he will be at home with us? But honestly, grown kids at home is really like having roommates who don't pay their share, more than children (I'm not knocking it, just stating facts!)
But a baby??!! A little person?!!!! Wonderful, beautiful, needy, adorable baby!! And one that I don't have to get up with in the middle of the night, breastfeed, or discipline (too much!)! How awesome is that??? They take out all the worst parts of parenthood for grandparents and add a dose of spoiling and waala!- Paradise!!!
Yes, I am excited to pass the buck of parenthood to the next generation!! I will enjoy this new place to be! And Ashley and Mark, and all my other kids down the road when you are parents - if you see me chuckling under my breath once in awhile- don't be offended. Or annoyed. Or hurt. Remember the old saying - "I'm laughing WITH you, not AT you"!!
Nah. Just kidding. I'm laughing AT you!!! It's my way of saying, "Been there, done that!" "There is justice in this world!", "You really DON"T know everything"!!!
Going deeper, I'm also saying, "Stay with it!", "I understand!", "this too will pass, and then we will laugh together!!", and "I am so happy and proud of you"!

LIFE!! Onward and upward we climb! (Doesn't it just make you want to break into the "the circle of life" song from Lion King?)
Acuna Matata!!!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

What?!! It is what it is!!

Ok, so two months later, I guess it's time to update!!! But where to start?
I can't really say I neglected my blog because I was too busy!! Although at times, that would be true. (Christmas etc).
I don't know- call it burn out, laziness, brain fart, you decide- I just couldn't get into it! Don't think that I didn't READ everyone else's!! I wasn't burned out on that!! I just couldn't be a contributor to the cause!! But I'm back!! I don't know for how long, but just know, that for now, I'm here!!
So what to uplift, inspire, entertain you with?????
Ahhhhh, forget it--- I'm just going to do an update!!!

Since my last blog---things that have made me happy!!!

1- Christmas!!! -get togethers, presents, family, and more family. And talking to my Tan man on Christmas night!!!
2- trip to San Diego! - family, sister in law, Paula's basketball team games, lovely beach!! Great times
3- New Year's Eve- Sue Sue's awesome New Year's party and Walkers' too!! Whoop whoop!!!
4- The biggy news: Tay gets his mission call - Birmingham, ENGLAND!!!! Leaves April 16th!!
5- Another big news for our fam - Sam is made bishop!
6-not big news, but had to add something about me (it is ALL about me, right???): I'm called to be "building scheduler"!!!! (I know!! You're jealous!!! Oh the power!!) At least I get to still be Laurel advisor!! Or at least I'd better, or the bishop will be sleeping on the couch!!!
7- Realize that Tan will miss Tay by about a week and a half!! (Not so great!)
8-Celebrated Aaron's 2-4 birthday (as well as surviving taking the MCAT!)
9-Miss Heather gets engaged!!
10-read a few good books during this time frame!!! (ex. 'Mr. Darcy's Daughters', 'Left to tell: [something to do with Rwandan genocide]', 'Saboteur', 'Life of Pi', etc. -that's all I can remember)

That's about all for now. Taylor getting ready for his mission is what we talk about most. We are all very excited for him and he is ecstatic!!! I'm jealous, actually!!! I sure hope we will be able to go over to get him when he's done!!! Woohoo!!! That's my dream!

Well, that's all for now.
2010 looks to be a great one if going by the first month!!!!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

And now for the procrastinator's finale!

Well ok, my motto has just been switched from "Better late than never", to "Good intentions never die, you just do"!!!

So in light of it being December 1st, Thanksgiving over and done with, and that feeling that I MUST complete, I must!! I will just finish up my Days of Gratitude in one fell swoop - no clever explanations; no sorry - just ain't gonna do it - just my list of, what # am I on????? 20???? I'm even going to resort to the obvious and givens!!! So here goes!!

Days of Gratitude:
20 - I am grateful for temples. The AZ one in particular! (my all time fave!!)
21 - I am grateful for my children. All grown up and all!! Miss them being around a lot but it's so great to know they are so capable and great!!!
22 - Grateful for coconut cream pie!!
23 - grateful for my calling as Laurel Advisor. Love, love, love it!
24 - grateful for my siblings. Quirks and all!
25 - grateful for Sam's family
26 - grateful for food, glorious food!!
27 - grateful for music!!! Almost all kinds!!! Especially 70's music!!!! (that dates me!!)
28 - grateful for poetry
29 - grateful for my Savior
30 - grateful for my Father in Heaven and the knowledge that He lives and loves me!

There!!! Done!!!
I'm grateful that this is over!!!! And that Christmas season is here!!! Deck the Halls, Hallelujah, Joy to the World and all the rest!!!!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Nov. 19th - #17 day of gratitude

#17 day of Gratitude

I am grateful, along with 50 million other females for the book/movie series Twilight! This is in honor of "New Moon" coming out tonight at midnight!!! No, I will not be one of the crazies staying up all night to see it, but I do want to and hopefully will go in the morning!!!
What is it that has grabbed so many of us? Vampires? Werewolves? Romantic sickening love?
I can understand the appeal for all the teenage girls!! But me and most of my friends are not young blossoms!!! I know part of it is getting all caught up in the thrill and hype of it! Everyone around us is going nuts, so it's fun to jump on the bandwagon!!!
But it has to be more than that!! We are all dreamers!!! We all love adventure, underdogs, romance to the gazillion times, old fashioned guys who respect the girls!! And of course, perfection!!! We love that Eduard is perfectly beautiful and perfectly in love with Bella!! Ahhhhhh. Siiiigggggghhhhhhh. It's a girl's total fantasy!!!
Of course, what also thrills me is that not only is Eduard in love with her, but hunky Jacob is too!! I MUST BOLDLY STATE: I LOVE JACOB!!!!! Yes, I like Edward, but Jacob?!!! He was always there for Bella. When things got tough, he was there for her!!! Yes, I have strong feelings for him--almost more than for Eduard. What can I say? I'm a rebel, I know!!!
But who wouldn't be thrilled with not one, but two gorgeous hunks, totally different, but gorgeous just the same, in love with and fighting over you? Admit it!! It is a beautiful thought!