Sunday, July 29, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
And I feel so empowered for the dumbest thing ever! Our Xbox started flashing red lights and that is what we watch movies and pilates on. So, I took it upon myself to figure out how to get it fixed instead of waiting for Chris to deal with it. I called 18004myxbox and talked to a guy who thought I was a complete idiot (when it comes to the xbox i definitely am!) but he helped me anyway. He couldn't understand what city I live in....because of the southern drawl, I guess. They are sending a box to fix it and I couldn't be happier!
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
SO, one of the books I listened to was Eats, Shoot & Leaves; I have since decided that I really like punctuation, even if this whole post is fraut with punctuation errors, or this sentance for that matter; I'm going to go for it with gusto! If anyone cares to edit my posts with a red pen...please feel free I'm sure I need the help!
Note: I tried to make a cute mosaic as others have done. I'm not sure why mine is teeny tiny so here it is at the bottom. If you click on a photo it will take you to a larger image. If anyone knows why mine is so tiny please share. Perhaps I shall figure it out through an act of synchronicity.
1. berry picking1, 2. berry picking3, 3. berries, 4. berry picking2, 5. witch&princess, 6. edible book review, 7. DSC02532, 8. DSC02500, 9. DSC02495, 10. DSC02496, 11. zooed out, 12. monkeys, 13. on stage with Jericho Road, 14. face paint, 15. silly butterfly, 16. ellie chickie and karson
Monday, July 16, 2007
One of my favorite things about summer is that it makes me want to read. I'll chalk it up to childhood conditioning. Every summer when we were visiting our dad we would get a big fat box of books from the used book store and go camping...for what seemed like an eternity. Oddly enough summer doesn't really make me want to go camping. Although I do get the occasional craving for Tang and instant oatmeal. And I can't just read one book. Right now I'm reading....Everything Bad is Good for You: How Today's Popular Culture is Actually Making Us Smarter a friend let me borrow this, I thought it sounded really interesting, I'll let you know; Great Expectations because I've never read it and I need to read more fiction; and Finding your Own North Star claiming the life you were meant to live I read this a couple of years ago. I love it. It is so fun to read. Martha Beck really cracks me up. Plus I'm also listening to a book on tape Women & Money , I need some serious help in this area. Anyone else doing some summer reading?
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Before this happened I had been thinking a lot about this quote and wanting to find it and read it again. I stumbled upon it on someone else's blog. Coincidence? I think not.
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be?" –Nelson Mandela
So we don't all lead charmed lives but what about this quote. There is still hope for the rest of us. Flawed though we may be. Success may not always come but I don't know, I feel grateful for the journey, even when it's a trial. And here's why... I have found that my most difficult life moments have given me more personal depth and a greater capacity for compassion than any type of personal growth I have been able to muster up otherwise. I would love to hear your thoughts on this!
Today I'm thankful for your comments!! It has made blogging so much more fun! Thanks guys. I would really love to hear what it is you would do if you were GUARANTEED success!
We spent some time Sunday afternoon at the farm with grandpa tom and grandma carol. They have an interesting little group of pets. They have two dogs and a bird and a growing flock of ducks. The first was Dollar the Duck who came to the family a few years ago and this year they have been going to another farm and getting eggs to hatch and raise. It works out well for chickie since for one she is completely obsessed with ducks and cheeps and weekies, as she likes to call them. And also she's not allergic to them. Finally a pet she can pet!
Today I'm thankful for rain and my sister for making me feel important! Love ya!
Saturday, July 7, 2007
Monday night our FHE lesson was on not complaining. I gave the lesson and I thought this was a topic that we really needed to discuss in our family. I just really feel like sometimes we are so busy complaining that we don't notice the good all around us. I have been wanting to do this lesson for a long time and I had even ordered bracelets to help remind us not to complain. The lesson went really well. We decided that our family was a team and that we would help our teammates remember all the good things around us when we start to complain. When I start to complain Chickie is going to point out a beautiful plant for me to look at (her idea). And the game was a total hit! The CTR shield was to represent our positive thoughts and our beanbags were the evil complaints. I was so happy the evening couldn't have gone any better. And then we woke up Tuesday morning and the complaints came rolling in. But this time the normal complaining put me in a very sour mood. I was so dissapointed. And not only were they complaining--but it turns out the one thing we didn't discuss was what exactly was the definition of complain. OK, so that says to express grief, pain, or discontent. Well, Chris was commenting on the ugliness of some dude on TV. I felt that was complaining. He said, "That's not complaining that's just a fact!" Which is funny, but if we can't bring about any changes is there really any use in even bringing up the negative thought in the first place. Right? So, the week rolls on. I try REALLY hard to not complain. I keep it in until it ends up burping out in front of our friends, instead of at home where we should be discussing personal complaints. sorry chris! Needless to say there must be some sort of healthy line to draw with complaining. They do serve as a form of evaluating. And Anthony Robbins says, "The quality of your life is directly related to the quality of your evaluations." That may not be the exact wording, but the point is that if we don't properly evaluate our situation we can't change it for the better. Chris spent some time working with Brian Jolly last week. He is one of the most positive people I know! I love it! I love when he works with Chris because I hope some of Brian's perspective will rub off. But then we do have some friends that almost make a comedic act out of complaining.
So when is it better just to shut up and when is it better to voice a little whine? Any thoughts? Evaluations? Complaints? :)
Today I'm greatful for a new day!
Friday, July 6, 2007
Somehow, I managed to get Mandee to bring dinner over to our house again. We grilled yummy surf n turf. :) We played a little wii, cracked some noise only "fireworks" in the dark. All in all it was a really great day. We are very blessed to have a lot of fun people in our lives. Today I'm thankful for our country, dessert, great friends, and of course (the family fruit) watermelon.