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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

If the weather outside is frightful, then it's time to get a tree!!!


Let's talk about Christmas trees. Do you get a real tree or a fake tree? Do you buy a real tree from the tree farm, the local retail spot or go out in to the woods and hike for hours in the cold looking for that perfect tree?

Since Matt and I have been married we have only bought real trees, I really have to have the kind that smells outside in the woods and then smells for a few days inside in the house. The only reason they don't smell for more days is because you end up getting used to that scenty pine and it becomes, sad to say, taken for granted.

We have bought at the local retail shop like when we lived in Salt Lake city and in Florida, We have shopped at the tree farm as in our annual visit to the tree farm when we lived in Georgia (which by the way is my favorite way to find a tree- cold, but still close to home.) But since we have moved back to Utah and lived in the South we have gone into the mountains in hopes of finding that perfect tree! This year was no exception. We actually got to go to the mountains twice in search of the perfect tree but you will have to watch our family site for those stories. This is the 7th year of getting a nice out of the forest tree, but this is the first year that we actually froze really badly! Two years ago we went and took our good friends the Gali's. It had snowed the night before and yes, it was cold, but not like this time where we had to bundle up to the hilt. Okay, truthfully, it was only me bundled up to the hilt! Everyone else just bundled their hands.

I love getting our tree, but this year it was not as fun (okay fun, but could've been better,) as in the past. I guess it is because I really wanted to enjoy the day, get out spend time out in the woods, get that yummy hot chocolate brewing on our camp stove and then have some more fun. Maybe it was also because it was right after we had spent 3 hours at church and I was in desperate need for a nap, or maybe it was because it means that another year has come and gone and I am getting older, but whatever the reason, it wasn't the best tree hunting time had by me. The kids had fun, Matt had fun and I not so much.

But get the tree we did, decorate the tree we did the next day and smell the heady pine I am!

I hope that everyone enjoys whatever tree hunting they do, even if it means getting the tree out of a box, throwing on some ornaments and turning on the lights! Because the best is yet to come....

Friday, December 14, 2007

Oh, The Weather Outside Is Frightful...

This is what our flower's look liked 2 weeks ago.



Then this happened...

and This is what our flowers look like now;

For those of you who live in the warm part of the world, you will understand when I tell you that I like it chilly, but not really, really cold! I love the fall, but dread the winter which yes, even though the date has not told us that we have reached Winter Solstice, the weather has. I know, that it is colder in such places as should we say PROVO, but- really was getting used to the nice fall temperature.

But, I guess that if it doesn't cool down it will not feel cold enough for this.....

Monday, December 10, 2007

Christmas Elves Galore!

Every year Matt, the kids and I do a sub for Santa. We call ourselves the Santa's Elves group. I guess this really is what I should look like when we go deliver our presents! Check it out...
http://www.elfyourself.com/?id=1288425125
This year we are doing something different; we havn't decided if we are doing coins for kids, the dixie care and share dinner on Christmas day or toys for tots.
I will let you know what we do!
Happy Holidays!!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

SPT Being Thankfull!

I love that Lelly always makes me think about things that are meant to be "deep" thoughts! I am thankful that she decided somewhere down the line to have her blog and that we as her SPT Crew are able to benefit from her daring and fun Spotlights!
my shadow picture didn't turn out since I have a new camera and didn't actually set the darn thing right. Iwill upload a new one soon! Sorry.



The Fall season always make me think of the renewal that our lives can go through stepping into the Holiday season.

Usually when you think of renewal, most would think of Spring and yes, I do think of Spring,but more often I think of Fall because this is the time of year that you can shed all our tired layers, and start over, in the way that we deal with our fellow man, with the way that we look at life in the simple things and the deep aspects of our lives. As we start the Christmas season we are reminded that we all started out as babies, we have eternal potential, we have a most wonderful example of the Savior and how we should treat each other.

So my top item to be thankful for is that we have a chance to change in every aspect of our lives if it need be, through the the blessings that are given to us from Above.


Here are the other things that I am THANKFUL for:


My Family who has always stood by me;


My dad- who sacrificed so much for his kids to be raised in a better world and gives us all the love in the world!


My Mom- who has loved me no matter what attitude I gave her when we first came to be and for her quiet, loving ways of being an example of what a loving mother should be and the model that I have always followed of how to "play" with my kids!


For Matt who puts up with all the quirks that i have, when I get upset, and than loves me even more and stops the complaints by giving hugs and kisses!



Gene and Mike for showing me that older brothers always protect their little sister.


Sharon for being the greatest example of being happy, being excepting of all people she comes in contact with and always being the peacemaker in our family.


Diana for her love off all things jazz (this has taught me how to be loyal- now matter what happens!), her zest for cleaning (i always say to myself does it need to be clean- yes, what in the world would Diana say if she came into my kitchen today!) and for always wanting to learn about new things!


Devin for his zest for life, his love to his brother and sister (especially his monkey,) His ever changing brain thoughts of why the Redsox are so great, and his goals of what his life will be like when he hits the path he is on.


Kyler for his Humor, for his snuggles, His love of all aspects of learning, Feeling comfortable just being at home but also loving to be with his friends, for the fact that he can still be a little boy in a very grown-up world and even for the disgusted sarcastic humor that he gives when he doesn't want to do what he is asked to do. And for those darn Nike (?) sneaker styles that he has compulsively worn for the last 5 years! :>


For Mckenna who makes me wonder where she came from since I was such a tomboy and she is such a girly girl, the talents that she has for making friends, dancing and making you wish you could, the long beautiful blond hair that she has and know how she wants it styled everyday! For the love she has for her brothers and how much she is my bestfriend.

For My 2 best friends, Andrea- who makes life more fun than it needs to be sometimes, and Lisa, who is just like having an older sister who you love to do things with.

My new friend Patrice- who is a great sounding board, shares her spiritual strength with me and mother's my boys when they don't want to me be around me but sends them back with a better understanding of who i am, and most of all who takes me on great horseback rides even in the freezing cold!

For the Beautiful House that we are able to live in that has been a dream come true- it provides all the light and sunshine that I crave, the space that the kids need to hang out with their friends, the coziness that I love and the walls to provide my decorating brainstorms.

I am blessed that Matt has the job he does, that we can do the things we do as a family!

Small things I am thankful for:

My roses, the flowers on my decks.

The beautiful view of my backyard- yes, it is not the ocean BUT it is beautiful!

The ocean and the Bay view that my parents have- I am thankful that they are able to have the life that they have, that they live where they choose because of great choices in their lives!

My children's laughs.

Little children playing.

The smiles that occur when one of my student's accomplish something that seemed so hard for them but then finally click!

The eyes that look at me when Matt wakes up in the morning and then I get to see them 3 more times soon after on other little faces!

My gratitude journal (which hasn't been touched as much as it should be!)

The sound of bird singing in the sunshine.

The smell of freshly mowed lawns.


The first snow fall (even though I don't want to drive in it.)


Temple Square at Christmas time, but really at anytime!


The smell of the pine wreath hanging on my front door.


My warm bed and the room that it sits in!


The freedoms that we are able to have, for example: being able to go to the church we want, the thoughts that we have and are able to express without retribution.

These and many more things are what I am thankful for!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Now that Fall is in the Air and the Holiday season is starting I thought I would show you how cute the decor is at our house! I am especially excited about the above picture. I love having the hay bales on the porch and next year it will be even more festive!









Doesn't the Golden Yellows Sunflowers look great on the red wall? I am debating whether I keep it there all year round since I love sunflowers and it looks so good!

What do you guys think?

Thursday, September 20, 2007

What Kind of a Writer are you?






You Should Be a Film Writer


You don't just create compelling stories, you see them as clearly as a movie in your mind.
You have a knack for details and dialogue. You can really make a character come to life.
Chances are, you enjoy creating all types of stories. The joy is in the storytelling.
And nothing would please you more than millions of people seeing your story on the big screen!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Long Time Coming!!!



So here are two new pictures of me! One was taken at our school for the year book, and didn't cost a me a thing! I loves those kinds of orders- free!

But this one that has been a long time coming but not to be confused with another picture--- (which i can't find- i guess it is okay, since it is a horrible picture! you all know which one i am talking about * see below for description.)



Okay, so the full story: I have been sitting in a classroom for the last month and the last few weeks I have had horrendous headaches especially while sitting in Mrs. Mackey's science class. She uses the overhead projector a lot! This week I decided that I needed to have my eyes checked since I haven't had them checked since right after I had Devin and had that really scary family picture taken with Sharon and Diana for my parents! Sorry, mom and dad, but not my finest hour!



So, I went to the local vision center, where there were REALLY friendly people. The Doctor checked my eyes and I made a comment about how it had been a really long time since they were last checked and said something about now that I am getting older... and the doctor said yeah, a 25 year old is really old. I said, "no, I have a 16 year old, so I am pretty sure that I am not 25!" He gave me that shocked look, like I always get and then went on and on about how 29 is the top age he would have given me (don't worry, married man, return Missionary etc...) he asked me how old I looked when I had Devin- how old did I look when I got married, etc... then after the exam was over, he had all (i mean ALL) his staff guess my age- not a single one guessed over 29. I told them I can play that game at Lagoon where the kid has to guess your age, weight, etc and if he is wrong you get your money back and win a prize. and that I seem to always win the prize!


I had a really hard time picking out frames- I didn't want brown ones since they remind me of the old glasses i had, but I didn't want something that made me look old either. So like the vision clerk Adam said I wanted something that is fun like my personality. After the whole office tried to guess my age, I guess it was like we all became friends and had been for years! getting fashion advice from the ladies was like shopping with friends. It was really fun! When I called back to see if my glasses were done (in about an hour,) the girl that answered the phone Jen- called me by my first name without me even telling her who I was, I guess I have a voice that is unforgetable?!



So the picture shows what frames I picked out- I had a choice narrowed down to 3 but one pair was $400 and I knew that would never work; they were Versace' and really, really cute! So i ended up getting this pair. What is really weird is that you can't tell in the picture, but they are purple on the top of frame and sides with purple jewels on the side near lenses.

Monday, September 10, 2007

What?!


Did anyone Know that a Cataract in Georgraphy is A WATERFALL? Ahh, the things you learn in 6th grade Social Studies!! I guess that would explain a little bit about having a cataract on your eye- a film over your eye lens- a waterfall would be the same affect if you were standing behind it right?


Did you know that some kids (and me) remember that the term for heating and cooling is called Convection? I absolutely adore the way the 7th grade science teacher teachs his students! Too bad this Friday is my last day in that class.



Tomorrow is Parent Teacher Conference the kids leave school at 11 a.m. I stay til 1:15. What will I do for 2 hours and 15 minutes with no students? Well, we will see!

I am having so much fun learning with the kids and helping them to learn too! Are you getting tired of hearing about my school experiences? Sorry, but I can't help it- it is so fun! Maybe I just need to be a student all over again? Since the first time wasn't so fun....


Have a great night!

What great "Gene"ology this is!

I didn't leave my heart in San Francisco, but left it sitting in a Tree that Grow's in Brooklyn!



You Belong in Brooklyn

Down to earth and hard working, you're a true New Yorker.
And although you may be turning into a yuppie, you never forget your roots.

Wow!

So my little Sister Diana had this on her site, I'm not sure what an ENFJ is, but the description is totally me, even to the loud part! Go figuare!




You Are An ENFJ


The Giver

You strive to maintain harmony in relationships, and usually succeed.
Articulate and enthusiastic, you are good at making personal connections.
Sometimes you idealize relationships too much - and end up being let down.
You find the most energy and comfort in social situations ... where you shine.

In love, you are very protective and supporting.
However, you do need to "feel special" - and it's quite easy for you to get jealous.

At work, you are a natural leader. You can help people discover their greatest potential.
You would make a good writer, human resources director, or psychologist.

How you see yourself: Trusting, idealistic, and expressive

When other people don't get you, they see you as: Bossy, inappropriate, and loud

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Hum? Really? What about you?!

You Are An Extrovert!

You have a ton of friends, perhaps more friends than anyone you know.
Nothing to do on Friday night? No problem for you to find the action.
You're friendly, easy to know, and you seem to get along with almost everyone.
You love to express yourself - and everyone knows a good deal about you.
Whether you're giving your opinion or sharing your dreams, you don't keep anything in.

Really do all kids need to be my height or taller?

So I have been working for almost a month. Here is a problem, that to me isn't a problem, but must be with those little munchkins (okay not little obviously,) who walk down the same hallways I do. A majority of them like to tell me that I either look like a student or am shorter than they are even with the wedges, the heels or sandals that I am wearing! AHHHHHHHHHHH! Why is it so funny to these kids that I am so short?!

I really do enjoy the job, but am sad that I am giving up my 2 class periods that I have been helping in since they didn't have any students for the study skills classes that I am going to be teaching in, but now they have a new aide to take my place and midterms have come out this Friday so I will have students supposeably on Monday. The classes that I have been helping in are amazing especially the 7th grade science class. Mr. Bozarth is amazing- if only I had had a teacher that did all the hands on stuff that he does. These kids get the hands on project, then they take notes on what they did, then they do the hands on project again to make it stick in their head. Then he reinforces the concepts right before he gives the quizes so that it really really sticks. I hope that Mckenna gets either him or his counterpart Mr. Huddleston (which both boys had,) because they are really good teachers!

Mrs. Larsen teaches geography I help in her class 1st period and then again 5th period. This last class is not going to be mine anymore since I am suppose to have study skills that period. Mrs. Larsen is really sad about this because most of the kids I have in 6th grade science 2nd or 3rd period so I have connected to them and they are really doing great! The new aide is really young and Mrs. Larsen and I have really hit it off, so it is going to be a big adjustment for her to have someone else with her, but what a compliment it is for me for her to keep begging that they just put the new aide in the study skills class instead of me! I really appreciate her mentoring and how comfortable she has made me feel in her classroom. Too me, it might be hard to have another person in my classroom helping since they will be different but we really work great together- I guess it is a good thing that I have her class 1st period too!



During 2nd and 3rd as I mentioned above I go to Mrs. Mackey's class. All teachers that I am working for except for Mr. Bozarth Devin had. Kyler had Mrs. Larsen he says but not any of the other teachers, he had other teachers which I can't even remember weird huh? but I can remember Devin having them. Maybe it is because Devin was the first one at this school and the first one to have a group of teachers.


Mrs. Mackey is a really fun teacher, she is very positive, she has one talkative class and one quiet class and the kids are really sweet to me. I don't only help my kids but the other kids if they need it too, so I am more like a Teacher's aide then a resource teacher.

The other teacher that I help Mrs. Twiggs. We use to live in her ward. Devin use to babysit their little boy (who is in 6th grade,) and her daughter Kim use to be one of the youngwomen in my class when I taught Beehives. She is very good at her job too, she gives really good instructions. Her challenge is that she has about 8 Hispanic students that don't speak very much english, and because of that and my 4 students she has two aides in her class, I think that is really hard for her. I try to keep to myself and not bother her, but the ESL aide sort of asks alot of questions and is kind of disruptive to her teaching environment. We are hoping that she starts to feel comfortable and not ask so much of both of us. I am suppose to help her kids too according to her, but Mrs. Twiggs finally encouraged her to take her kids out in a group to work on their packets so that there is not so much disruptance. I actually have to do the same thing with my kids in Mrs. Larsen's since we have such a large group!

But- so far so good! I am looking forward to seeing how the Study Skills classes go so I will keep you updated!

Saturday, September 01, 2007

The Best Blond Joke Ever!

Calling all Blondes or those with dark hair and blonde personalities- like Me, for instance!
Here is one of the best blonde jokes I have ever heard to to us by a substitute teacher in the faculty lounge during lunch (and male by the way.)





Why are all blonde jokes short?.......
Because that is the only way guys can remember them!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

I Belong in London!?

You Belong in London

A little old fashioned, and a little modern.
A little traditional, and a little bit punk rock.
A unique soul like you needs a city that offers everything.
No wonder you and London will get along so well.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Back To School! And Memories of my own...


School started this week for all of the kids this past Wednesday. I can not believe that I have a Junior in Highschool, a Middle School 8th grader and an Elementary 5th grader! Where are the years going?!!!


But this blog is about me not the kids- I also went back to school this past Monday, but not to take classes, but to help in them. I am working at the intermediate school that the boys went to and Mckenna will be going to next year.
Lava Ridge only has 6th and 7th grade students! I know really weird, but that is the way they do it here in Southern Utah.
I am working with the resource kids while they are in classes (1st through 4th period,) just making sure that they understand the questions, can find the answers and just finish the work. So, I am an Aide to these kids. One of the kids I know really well, he is really a smart kid (like most of them!) but he just can't transfer the info from his paper to his brain the way most kids do. So, I have been helping him to work it in the way that makes sense to him. There are a few "low" students that have trouble spelling, finishing work and that stuggle with the subject, but on the whole the kids I work with are highly intelligent and are bored with the school process, they want to be occuppied more than most, their minds wander while the teacher is talking, but that is because it is not enough going on for them.
Two class periods (5th and 6th,) i work in a classroom of my own teaching study skills. Okay Mom and Dad quite giggling, that is right STUDY SKILLS. I don't have any students yet, supposeably I will be getting a student tomorrow in 5th period. The other aide that does this same thing has 1st through 4 and 7th period. I am interested to see how this will work since she has computer time during 6th and will be in the room while I need the computer also. We will see.
I think that helping the resource kids is especially important to me since I might have had to do the same thing had they had such a program when I was in school.
I had my mom sit in class with me the last half of 4th grade. Funny thing about that, I didn't really mind that she was there since she was one of my best friends at the time, and the kids loved her and so they didn't tease me about it (well, at least not that I can remember.) Then in 8th grade (we moved to Salt Lake from Orem,) I had to have each teacher sign a note on a computer printout card for my parents that stated I had turned in my assignments, homework etc... I wasn't really crazy about turning in the homework. I would do it and then not turn it in. It seemed to me just a bunch of busy work. Why couldn't they just let me take the notes, take the test and be on my way. Why couldn't I just keep socializing with my friends? WHY? Indeed! I have ofcourse realized that the homework is necessary to instill the needed information (kind of the repetition process,) for the test you were taking.
While the kids I am helping don't mind the work, they are easily distracted and I too was the same way. I mean in 8th grade, Chris Perez could be running his hand through his hair or pretending he was playing his trumpet, and it would distract me! (hey, I am listening to the Police- it reminded me of Chris- he loved the group!) Could be that he was way to cute for his own good, and I was too naive to realize that I was too young looking to ever be considered to be his girl. Didn't matter to me, I still would get distracted. There were a few times when we got kicked out of class because we were talking too much. Okay, only in German class where if had we been using German we wouldn't have gotten into trouble, but alas we were using english and it was very noticeable!
Maybe I got distracted because I am my German Grandma in miniature, I loved to talk, (okay dad- I'm a yenta!) I love knowing what is going on in other's lives- some times just for purely entertaining purposes- i think it is the counselor part of me to wanted to know the most- i wanted to fix what ever was brothering people! These kids don't have that problem - yet. I mean it is only the 2nd week of school!
Whatever the reason for the purpose of the notes, the not turning in the homework and not paying attention in class, I totally relate to these kids and want to do whatever I can to help them get the most out of school, so the don't regret school later in life like I do!
I hope that this will be a successful year! Here we go!!!

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Disclaimer: Don't worry Sharon- I am not telling anything!




How many people were waiting with baited breath for this book? I believe it was in the millions. I preordered #7 so that it would be on my doorstep first thing in the morning! Well, first thing to some is midnight, to the UPS guy it was 11 a.m.! Okay, Okay, I will give the UPS man this- how can he deliver all books first thing in the morning- but seriously- i really wanted to read that book a few chapters before i was sitting in a car driving to Posey Lake.

Well, honestly- I still had book 5 and 6 to read (which i had read many times before,) before starting book 7 because I decided I needed a fresh prespective of the other two books. The goal for me was to read book 5 before seeing the movie, but i still had 2 chapters to go when we went to see the movie. The movie was good, but to me the books will always be the best!!

(this was written July 21st)

* NEW COMMENTS;

So, I finished 5 and 6 while i was on our little week vacation- the last two chapters of 6 at Diana's house while everyone was golfing on WII! I can only take some many video games, then i need a break...

I started and read the 1st chapter at Diana's that same night and then had to stop since I didn't have a book for the last part of the trip. When I got home Devin was already reading the book and so I confiscated it for 1 1/2 days, then gave it back when I was finished- and finished I am!!

Crazy thing is that after talking to my friend I realize that I missed a few things, so I am going to read book 7 again. But here is the catch- I am starting the whole series to the very end to get the continuous story. So I guess that will take a while, but I am up to the challenge on the times that I can find- now that we are getting ready for school to start!

Sharon- will you reach Book seven before me?! Here is my challenge! Are YOU up for it?

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

SPT - it's too darn hot!!!!

AHH So. Utah, lovely in the winter, spring and fall, but the summers are unbearable and this summer is the worst! Our family has been avoiding it like the plague because it has been in the 100's!

Boulder Mountain... This is such a great view and so serene, sorry the picture is so blurry but Matt was driving while I took the picture!

Last week we went camping at Posey Lake, Hiking at Calf Creek and wandering through the creek at Deer Creek!



Cattails at Calf Creek- They remind me of the 4th of july- when dad would use them to light the sparklers!


The kids at the Lower Calf Creek Falls, this was the middle of the hike, the hike was 6 miles long, 3 up, 3 down. If we had been smart we would have packed our lunches to the falls and not just water, but this was a beautiful respite to a very warm hike.

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WARNING: Crazy fisherman
If you spot him beware, he is armed with flyrods, bait and a crazed look in his eye, last seen driving a personal water raft at Posey Lake.


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This week I spent time with my sisters Sharon and Diana! We played WEII, Went to Liberty Park water area, hiked with the kids in Albion Basin and then I came home stayed in the Airconditioning safety of Church.



The water park at Liberty Park is a really neat place, it is based on the different water creeks throughout the wasatch moutains, Big & little cottonwood canyon, millcreek, city creek, etc...
I took pictures of it hoping that maybe one day the City of Santa Clara could incorporate something similar in the downtown area. Yes, i would like to help make the City more beautiful than it is starting to look. We already have a splash pad at the top of the heights, but a little water area down town would be fun too. Here is Mckenna modeling 2 year ago styles (we didn't know we would be going to water areas, so she used an old suit that we were giving to Kiara.) in the coolest place at Liberty Park, enjoy:

Ahh, here are a few familiar faces:




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Today with our friends the Hunts, Mckenna and Matt and I drove up to the mountains and went Horse Backriding in the rain. I was really fun. Did I have my camera today? No! But I am hoping to get a copy of all the pictures my friend took since the Pine Valley area we went to was gorgeous!


*In two weeks we will be going to Lagoon in Salt Lake and then the kids are headed off to school, so we have to take advantage of the cooler areas of the state as much as we can!


I think the first two weeks of July we did a terrible job of keeping cool, Matt and I went to Las Vegas for our Anniversary- it was 114*s, then Kyler had All Star's (where they became the 13 year old State Champions,) and so we were in Cedar City where the first afternoon was very cool and cloudy, but the next 3 days were in the high 90's!

Kyler and two of his teammates after the game!

So I think that we did a great job of keeping cooler after that-- What do you think?