Thursday, August 21, 2008

The Blessings just keep coming!

The star of the day, beautiful Tyler
Our wonderful Joe, Missy and Tyler
Talking with an angel

It has been brought to my attention that I neglected to post about my little tiny grandsons blessing and I wanted to rectify that. Tyler was blessed by his father (my son) who did a beautiful job. Joe had been joking about writing the blessing on little Tyler's bald head because he was so nervous he was afraid he would forget something. But he didn't and it went off beautifully. (May I interject here what a wonderful heavenly thing it is to see my handsome strapping son step forward with his own son and give him a name and a blessing. It is so indescribably spectacular to see my worthy son use priesthood authority to bless a child of his own, that feeling alone is what I think the Celestial Kingdom will feel like all the time.) We had so much family there to support Joe and Missy and little Ty and I am so grateful to them. We had a nice luncheon afterwards and we were able to visit with all the family that was there. There was one little glitch, my little Faisal got hold of the hose in the backyard and not only turned it on but squirted anyone that tried to take it away from. (Reminiscent of Faisal's Birthday) However, Joe very bravely walked through the water and was able to get it away from him. The only thing that would have made it perfect was if Wilf and Suzanne, Missy's parents had been able to attend but they are in Cambodia serving the Lord there. We felt of their great spirit as I know it was present. It was a truly great day and I am so proud of my little family. They truly make me look so good.

This Post Really Socks!

I am not sure why but when things seem the smoothest and you are just cruising along at a comfortable speed all of a sudden you hit a speed bump (or pothole, depending on where you live) and you are derailed ever so temporarily. Here is what I mean. I am relatively new to this blogging thing and so I don't know the ins and outs or even the appropriate or proper etiquette for voicing complaints but I have one, a complaint. I have tried twice now to get my blog listed on a blog that does nothing but list blogs that bloggers look at to see if they want to check out your blog. (Whew! I hope you could follow that) I have done all that they asked and then some. Anyway I have tried twice, and it still is not listed. Now I know that we are dealing with people I have never met and probably never will meet but still my insecurities are running a bit rampant and I am feeling a bit snubbed. The old Jr. High feelings of not being accepted because my socks don't match (not only don't they match the outfit, they don't match each other) are kicking in ever so slightly (just around the edges). Isn't my blog good enough, aren't my posts entertaining enough? (see what I mean). Well now I have vented and believe it or not I do feel better. Besides this is probably more information then my loyal readers (my kids) care to know. It is so good to have matured past the place where I care what people think of me. Well, I had best be off. I am going to the cannery this morning and I must make sure my socks match.

You Belong in 1955

You're fun loving, romantic, and more than a little innocent. See you at the drive in!

Apparently I belong in 1955 which is interesting considering I wasn't even born yet! It must mean that I have an old soul.

Friday, August 15, 2008

God Blessed this USA, let's not blow it!

Last night I had dinner with some friends from the UK and it made me think. They (my friends) expressed a gratitude for this country that I wonder if we as Americans ever achieve. As a matter of fact they really want to move here and probably will but it takes a great deal of paperwork and time to make that happen. They also wished they could take a bunch of gas back to England with them because we pay so much less then they do! Did you know that it is not possible for them to fly the Union Jack in their own yard without getting permission from their neighbors! I couldn't believe that. They gushed about how wonderful the USA is and also said that it is the toughest country in the world to get into. It just set me to thinking about all the wonderful blessings and opportunities that are mine because I live in this country. I can basically do anything I want as long as it is legal, moral and ethical (which I hope I would do anyway) my options are limitless. We are so truly blessed here and they commented how important it is to be conservative because England is so very liberal and once you make the change you can never go back. This is coming from someone who lives in a very liberal country, uses socialized medicine (which by the way he has to pay $500 a month for to get really good care) has very high cost of living (gas is $12.oo a gallon) and would give anything to live here in the states. Do we know what we have in America? Are we willing to do what is necessary to keep what we have? Oh sure, we have our problems (some are very severe problems) but we still live in the home of the Free because of the Brave.
We have an election coming up and I hope that you will take seriously the responsibility that is ours to elect the best person for the job of leading us for the next 4 years. There is a lot of weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth going on but are we really taking responsibility for what is happening in this country. After all, we have the ultimate say, choose wisely.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Bringing Home the Gold

The Olympics are running right now in China and as much as I know that I should be interested, I just am not. Even when the Olympics were here (Utah) and basically in my hometown, I wasn't all that interested. Maybe it is just that I am getting older, except for the fact that my mother (who is older then I am) is a truly avid fan. She loves it, she can't get enough. She watches everything she can and when she isn't watching it she is talking about it. She collects pins of all the events and was trying to figure out how to get ahold of some.
Don't get me wrong, I do like sports, I mean after a fashion. I watch football (if BYU is playing) and basketball occasionally (if nothing else is on and it is the Jazz playing) and I have even been known to semi get into a rousing game of golf (but only if Tiger is playing). I just don't get into the Olympics. Now maybe if they added some new categories, say like, Scrapbooking, or maybe blogging, there you go, that would be fascinating. The one that gets the most comments wins! Maybe I should contact the Olympic committee.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Breaking Dawn

Well, I received the book yesterday, and finished it last night. Stephenie you did yourself proud. Leave a comment and let me know what you think about the book. I truly am open to any and all, except for those of you who feel the need to use words that offend my delicate sensibilities, you may leave comments on someone else's blog.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Taking Control of My Life

All you bloggers out there, what is the deal? It is amazing to me the amount of time that is spent blogging our hearts out. Yesterday I sat down to check out my e-mail and before I knew it, I had spent 3 (count them) hours on the computer doing nothing but surfing other peoples blogs. Now while I found them to be totally entertaining and sometimes a little disturbing, I can't believe that 3 hours went by without my even knowing it was happening. I think that I should be a little bit concerned about this turn of events. Now mind you, it is not like I didn't have anything else to do. My floor needs mopping something fierce, my toilets need cleaning (sorry if that grosses anyone out), I do have laundry that needs some serious attention, the vacuum is sending me miss you cards, don't even get me started on the dust that is building up so that I could build a dust castle on top of my piano. I am an empty nester but what if I had children to attend to, the thought scares me just a little bit.
How do you all do it? You must be far more organized then I ever thought about being. It is time to take control, while I love you all, I must make a few rules for my blogging time. Whenever I blog from here on out I must do it in a darkened closet where I will not see the sun coming up or going down and cannot be taunted by housework that needs attention. All clocks will be unplugged and all alarms turned off. There, now I feel better. There is a solution to every problem.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Our Angel Tae

An eternal family
getting ready for the baptism
daddy and daughter
Danka and Tae

We are so blessed as a family, Saturday we were able to see our beautiful little Tae baptized! What a wonderful day it was and what a beautiful angel she is. Her daddy baptized and confirmed her a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was so happy that she glowed, she was the perfect princess in her new white dress. Taelynn we are so very proud of you. You are a kind, gentle spirit and we are so grateful that Heavenly Father allowed us to have you in our family. WE LOVE YOU!

Together We Stand

Joe, Missy and Tyler
Ry, Amy, Kade and Ky
Jen, Chris, Sienna, Tae, Ana, Faise
The two that started this whole thing
A mountain retreat

4 of My choicest blessings
A handsome hunk on the fireplace
Sienna practicing her shots

We have had the best weekend. My son Joe has a bro and sis-in-law with a beautiful cabin in the mountains about 30 minutes away from us, and Joe called last week to see if our little family wanted to spend a few days up there. We jumped at the chance and spent Friday night and Saturday night there. It was beautiful and at least 10 degrees cooler up in that heavenly little haven. The cabin sits on 40 acres and is nestled into a little mountain valley, it is surrounded by trees and a beautiful green lawn that Joe's Bro-in-law keeps mowed and lovely. We loved being together as our family and spent time visiting and playing games. My family is truly the game playingest people on the planet. They also had a sports court and the kids loved being able to play ball and enjoy the coolness of the day. My little 2 year old grandson would wake up each morning saying cousins, cousins, and then he would name them all off. He couldn't wait to get up and play with them. What a blessing it was for us. The only thing that would have made it completely perfect was if Nic, Krista and Addie could have joined us. We can't thank Missy's sister and bro-in-law enough for sharing their little bit of heaven with us.

Friday, August 1, 2008

I found the Secret

Well, it is done. I had my company come I entertained them and fed them and sent them on their way, and I think I did just fine. The company was a wonderful little family that I actually had never met but Steve has done business with them over the phone. They were wonderful and very kind and had very well behaved children. I liked them quite a bit. I worry so about entertaining and being social but I found the secret, I should only invite those people that are kind and wonderful and it turns out swimmingly. (whew..what a relief to finally figure out the art of hostessing, it does not have to do with the host but with the guests). So if you are wonderful and Kind you have a standing invitation to come and stay at my house.