Saturday, January 10, 2009

Welcome back to Real Life!

It is really hard to get back in the swing of things after such a long vacation, but we did it! We made through the 1st full week in 2009!

So what have I done this week? School, Job, Church, Kids. Yes all of the normal stuff and also a little more.

I have done my spiritual goal, all week! This may not seem like much to most of you but for me it is a big deal. Consistency is not my strong suit (I bet you never knew!).

I have kept in better contact with friends. I am really happy about this one because my friends are really important to me but I am not good at showing it. I am so grateful for modern technology.

I went to the temple with Daniel. I can't remember the last time we were there together. I'm so glad my mom suggested it and so thankful that she kept the kids.

I may not have done anything incredible this week, but I did do several little things that were really important.

Monday, January 5, 2009


All I have to say is:


Sunday, January 4, 2009

1st day in Nursery

Today was Michael's 1st day in Nursery. Hurray!!!!!!!!!

All in all he did really well. Daniel dropped him off and he played until someone new came in the room and her realized that Daniel had gone. He cried for a little while after that but once they started snack time all was well again. That is until he saw me at the door checking on him (my mistake).
Once again, as soon as he started playing, I snuck out and he did great. Until the Primary President had to go in the room. That set him off again, but at this point I had already passed his binky on to the nursery leader. He gave it to Michael and started reading him a story. Within minutes Michael had fallen asleep on Bro. Gardners lap. It was the cutest sight. He slept that way until church was over and I came in to pick him up.
Not a bad beginning, I think.

New Years Day

This New Years day will be one that we'll remember for awhile.
It started out great.
We had a really laid back morning and afternoon. I spend a lot of time going through pictures and posting some on facebook. Daniel took the kids shopping for model car paint and ended up spend a couple of hours just browsing though the stores (suprisingly enough they all had a great time. I didn't think Daniel really liked that kind of thing.) Then in the evening we went over to the Risenmay's for Dinner. Dinner was delicious and guitar hero, world tour was a blast.
Then at about 10:30 we got the phone call. In a panicked voice my mom told us that the basement was flooded and that we should get home quick. Daniel rushed over, but I took a little more time, assuming it probably wasn't all that bad. Well, I was wrong. The whole basement had been effected, some areas at least an inch and a half deep.
I guess at some point the power box to our sump pump got tripped and it stopped pumping water. The rain fall was a literal down pour, so it didn't take very log after the pump stopped to flood the basement. All we had to do was reset the switch and the pump came back to life, but the damage was done.
Daniel, my mom, myself, and George (what a saint!) spend the next 4 hours moving furniture, clearing gutters,and sucking water out of the carpets.
The next step was to get blower fans and call the insurance. Daniel was able to rental a couple of fans from Home Depot while I was at work and by the time I got home he had then going.
The fans did their job well and now our carpets are dry with very little permanent damage. What a blessing. We still have the emergency response guys coming out on Monday or Tuesday to check our walls and make sure there isn't any water damage to them. I don't think they will find much.
I just have to say what a blessing it is to have good friends. Jennifer kept our 3 oldest kids for the 1st night and George was a huge help. I seriously don't know what we would have done without them.

Sunday, December 28, 2008


Daniel's Dad sent us this link and I thought it was wonderful. You should really watch it.

End of Year

It's so hard for me to believe that 2008 is coming to an end. Time truly flies. As I look over the past year there are so many things that I wish I had accomplished. But at the same time I see huge improvements in many areas of my life. For instance, this is the first time in my life that I have kept an accurate budget for any significant amount of time. I have also seen major growth in Daniel's and my relationship. Every year we grow closer and closer. Sometimes I think we must have got as close as possible and then am amazed as we take our relationship deeper still.

But as this is the end of the year, my thoughts seem to stray back to all the areas that I can improve on. One of the things that I wish I had done better was write more consistently here on my blog. So as I say good-bye to 2008 and welcome in 2009, I am recommitting to keeping in touch. I also really want to increase my knowledge of the scriptures. I feel that is key to my spiritual growth for this next year.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Photo Tag

So Denise tagged me like a month ago, and I am finally getting around to it. At least I'm doing it, right?

So, it was a photo tag, and I was to go to the sixth folder in my photos and post the sixth photo.

Isn't she cute? This is a picture of Briona when she was 3. She fell asleep while reading a book. "Like mother, like daughter", as Daniel would say. He has taken very similar pictures of me (which I'm not going to post).

Okay, so I have to admit to a small falsehood. That really wasn't #6 of the sixth folder. It was actually #8. Here is #6:

If you can't guess, this is a picture of the rear end of an old time car (I'm pretty sure Christopher was the photographer). Our neighbor's have a pumpkin patch and every other year or so they have a group of customers come and visit in their vintage cars. It was actually pretty cool ( I just couldn't pass up the chance to post a picture of one of my kids.)

I tag Maralee, Chelsea, and Amy (again)!