Showing posts with label enjoy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label enjoy. Show all posts

Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 One Little Word & Goal Wrap Up

picture via Pinterest from HERE.

Honestly, I've been putting off writing a wrap up post about my goals this year.  Mostly because I don't fee like I did a great job, but that is life.  Goals give you something to reach for.  Some are harder than others, and it doesn't mean I am a failure because I couldn't reach a goal by a certain deadline.  It gives me something to strive for in 2012.

This quote by President Gordon B. Hinkley makes me feel a whole lot better about everything.  I might just need to print this one out and put it on my wall.

  "Try a little harder to be a little better."

So I had 4 main goals this year. More like areas in my life I wanted to improve.  The first two - well, if I were generous, I would give myself a 3 of 5 stars.

1.  Work on my talents.  Looking back I'm sure I did a craft or two each month.  I might not have been very good at blogging and documenting it as I should have been.  I certainly didn't update my Book Blog enough. That is going to one of my main goals this next  year.

2.  Work on our finances.  We are not even going to talk about that on here.  I do try and hopefully by the end of next year, things will be a lot better.

I feel really good about my last two goals for 2011.

3. Nurture
4. Make best choices.

I think having a One Little Word to focus on this year really helped me accomplish these two goals.  I had this visual reminder hanging in our kitchen to remind me that I need to ENJOY life ever single day.

I can honestly say that it helped and it is TRUE!  Life is to be enjoyed, not endured. My dishes can wait in the sink.  We need to walk to the park. My floors will not always be clean, but my kids know that they are loved.  If taking my camera out and trying to document everything stresses me out, than I need to remember that it's OK not to take a picture of everything.  Date night might not be a night out on the town, but a movie can be just as good.  And sometimes I just need to remember that there is a time and a season for everything.  My kids will only be this little for so long, and I have my whole life to make a craft, clean the house, read a book or finish a project.

Every day was not perfect.  Yes, I still had bad days.  I still had days when I didn't make the best decisions, and I didn't do the best at nurturing, but I believe overall I improved and had more days enjoying my life and feeling blessed than I did otherwise.

I am looking forward to 2012.  I have been contemplating my One Little Word and can't wait to post about it soon.  I have been thinking about my goals and what I want to accomplish this next year.  So much awaits for us this year and I can't wait to find out what 2012 has in store!

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Friday, June 17, 2011

A Sunny Afternoon

My two little butter-cups picking flowers while we wait for Gage to get out of school.

Friday, June 03, 2011

How girls wear patterns...

"I do it myself, Mommy."  
"I look PRETTY!"

 I have always wondered how to put patterns together.  Forget watching, What Not to Wear.  I've got my very own expert in house.  Her style can't be beat!

To top it all off, she danced around the living room and in a singing/taunting voice says to her brothers:
"I a girl!  I a girl!"

Yes, Miss Avery Ann, you are.  
And we love you to pieces!

Thursday, May 19, 2011


Dear Mom,
Thanks for bribing Avery and Noah with a Hostess Cupcake at Business Costco.  I think you and I will both agree it was a 75 cents well spent.  Especially when we got home and Avery dropped half her cupcake on the floor for me while you were not looking.

Your chocolate cupcake loving boy, Eli

Friday, May 06, 2011

Friday Night - Movie Night

One of my favorite traditions that we have as a family is Friday Night - Movie Night! 

When Wade started working late every Friday for residency I thought it would be a fun way for us to kick off the weekend.  The kids never let me forget either.  We pick a favorite kid dinner, (homemade pizza/chicken legs, hot dogs, pancakes, just to name a few) pull out the bean bags, popcorn and treats and put our feet up for a good show!

We typically drive by a Redbox on the way home from school and make a selection.  Sometimes we make a run to the library Friday afternoon.  We've been known to pull out a movie from our own collection that we haven't seen in a while, or the best is when a new movie is released that week and we buy it!

Tonight's selection is from the library.  It's Hoot.  I've watched it before and thought it was cute.  The kids are loving it!

Friday Night - Movie Night is my favorite part of my week!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


(not really a picture from today, another picture from Florida)

20 years ago:

I was living in Lewiston, Idaho.  I was in fifth grade.  I loved reading.  I wrote and published a newspaper for my neighborhood.  I really liked pigs.  I walked to McSorely Elementary School every day.  I rode my bike up and down the big hill on 14th Street.  I learned the 50-Nifty United States song - I sing it today when I want to list all the states.

10 years ago:

I was 21, married, living in Wade's grandparents basement apartment.  On my birthday we got a call from the University of Utah married student housing saying an opening had come up on the waiting list for a two bedroom apartment.  I was so happy, a two bedroom apartment sounded so big and luxurious to me.  When we moved in the U, we paid $475 for rent.  That included utilities.  Those were the days!!!

I was working full time at Shapiro Luggage and taking 15 credits at the U.  I was pretty excited to move closer to school so I could give up my 45 minute ride on the Trax train for work every day.  Some nights after work I got to ride the train with some pretty "interesting" people.

For my birthday Wade and I went to Wendover, Nevada so I could throw some quarters in the slot machines for the first time! I think I won something like $10.  We stayed at the casino hotel and watched cable and blasted the air conditioner.  We didn't have either at home.  We went to a grocery store and bought a birthday cake.  Then the bag boy turned the cake on it's side to put it in a bag?  We still laugh about this today.

No kids yet.  Just poor starving students getting by.

I have to admit, I am a little sad to turn 31.  Turning 30 didn't seem to phase me, but adding the one in front of it makes it sound so much older.

I've come along way from the tiny two bedroom apartment at the U.  We moved from there, to Pleasant Grove, to Iowa, and now Washington.  I graduated college.  I worked in public relations and loved it, but 7 years ago I dropped the pay check and became a full time mom.  I love reading. I love writing.  I am still trying to find the balance of squeezing time in every day for hobbies and talents and taking care of every one else in the house.

I still don't feel like an adult.  I know, I have 4 kids, but I feel like one myself, I never quite feel caught up.  I think mother hood does that to you, just when you figure out one stage, they grow into another stage, so you can never quite feel on top of your game.  I also feel temporary.  I hope after residency I can shake this feeling and finally feel more established and put down some roots.

For my birthday this year I went with Wade to Florida for a week.  Little Eli came along.  The other three stayed at home.  It was nice to have a little time with only one kid.  It was funny hearing people give us advice, and then watching their reaction when I told them that we left the other 3 at home!  I took a lot of naps.  I watched whatever I wanted on the television and no one else cared.  We ate at fancy restaurants and no one threw food or acted crazy.  I read books and wrote a couple book reviews for my neglected book blog.

There are days I feel like I'm in the thick of it.  I change diapers, I put kids down for naps, I drive to and from school, I fix meals, I wash dishes, I clean up and do laundry that never ends.  I know I am blessed and I try to enjoy moments of my life every day.  Sometimes this involves some chocolate and a coke.

Wade has to work all day today.  I have a church meeting tonight.  I'm making myself a chocolate cake.  I'm sure the kids will help. I'm looking forward to it.

10 years from now:
Wow, it's hard to think about where I will be 10 years from now.  I will be 41!  Now, that sounds like a real adult!  Gage will be 17 (gasp!!!), Noah, 14, Avery 12 and Eli 11.  I am not sure where we will be living.  Probably Utah somewhere.  It's so hard to imagine my life with all the kids in school.  What would I do with the time?  Sometimes I fantasize about going back to school for masters.  I could actually read and keep my book blog up to date.  That is, if blogs are still around then. I could scrapbook or even learn how to take pictures.

It's  fun to think about where the next 10 years will take me.  I can't wait to see how it goes!

20 years from now:
Really?  All kids out of the house?  An empty nester?  This seems like an impossible dream.   I might not have to clean toilets every single day!  I could even be a grandma by then.  That blows my mind!  When I think about 20 years ago, it seems like yesterday.  It makes me want to hold on to every moment right now.  20 years from now will be here before I know it.

ps- thanks for all the comments on the last post, yes my hair is pretty long, I've never had it this long before.  I've been growing it out but still think about cutting it - but with all those comments maybe I'll just leave it long:)  It's been fun for a change.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

56 little reasons

Today is the first of February. The month to celebrate love!  

I sat down last night and made this little love jar for the kids.  
4x14 days=56 little reasons I love them.  
Because no one can hear too many reminders of why they are loved.

"Love is the very essence of life. It is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Yet it is not found only at the end of the rainbow. Love is at the beginning also, and from it springs the beauty that arched across the sky on a stormy day. Love is the security for which children weep, the yearning of youth, the adhesive that binds marriage, and the lubricant that prevents devastating friction in the home; it is the peace of old age, the sunlight of hope shining through death. How rich are those who enjoy it in their associations with family, friends, and neighbors! Love, like faith, is a gift of God. It is also the most enduring and most powerful virtue."
— Gordon B. Hinckley 

Friday, January 28, 2011

3 little men

I was looking through old pictures last night and noticed I had one of Noah and Gage, the same age, in the same outfit.  I couldn't resit finding it this morning and letting Eli have a turn too.  And just to save any future brothers (if that ever happens) from this embarrassment, Eli made sure that I could never do this again and had a huge  diaper blow out shortly after this photo shoot.

I sure love these three boys!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

January Crafts

So, posted below are my goals for this year, and one of them includes doing at least one "craft" or fun item each month.  I know, there are super moms out there that can get one crafty item done each day or week without even breaking a sweat, but one a month is good for me.  Not too stressful, but still reminds me to take a break and do something fun every once in a while.

This month I made 3 baby blankets.  (don't be too impressed, if you can sew a straight line you can make these blankets in about 30 minutes) I just wish more people I knew were having girls, boy fabric is fun, but there are so many more cute girl patterns!

I attempted to make cake pops for the first time.  I have this vision in my head about a centerpiece of cute cake pops at our Relief Society Birthday lunch in I have a lot of work to do on the decorating part.  I used strawberry and cream cheese for the filling and a chocolate cover.  They tasted yummy!  The kids had fun gobbling them up.  Next up, I need attempt decorating them AFTER my little helper hands go to bed.  Has anyone mastered these fun treats?  Have any suggestions?

And a scrapbook project too!  I had been saving old Christmas cards in a box for a couple years and really wanted to do something with them. I saw an idea about cutting out only the pictures and making a college.  I think it turned out really cute and now my over-sized box of cards can fit into just a few pages of a 12x12 book.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

2011 Goals

Like how I post the kids goals for the year and never mention mine?  HA!  I promised myself I would post my thoughts about this, so here we go.

Last year my one and only goal was to not go crazy.  In January of last year we knew that I was pregnant, but we hadn't told anyone else.  I also knew that I really was scared about the babies being 18 months apart.  I was feeling overwhelmed with 3, I wasn't sure how I was going to handle 4!  I was feeling scared about Wade's program shutting down and what that meant.  I knew he was all ready gone a lot and if the program shut down that would only mean he would be gone more.  In January we weren't even sure if he would have a program at all or a job much longer.  I was feeling overwhelmed with my calling.  I was basically feeling overwhelmed all together.

I think the goal of not going crazy in 2010 was very fitting.  I think I managed to come out okay.  I had a few breakdowns, but in the end you have to just pick up and deal with life.  I think the Lord hands us blessings all the time that we just have to take the time to notice.  I was blessed in 2010.

This year.  I already chose and posted about my one little word that will inspire me this year.  {Enjoy}  After fulfilling my goal last year of "not going crazy" I think it's about time to slow down and enjoy a few things.  I want each of my goals to focus around this word, enjoy.

1.  I want to work on my talents.  I do a lot of complaining to Wade that I don't have any talents.  Deep down I know that isn't true, I just need to make time to work on developing them. I want to enjoy reading and get back to my book blog.  I also want to make or create one one "craft" a month.  It can be sewing, scrapbooking or something else.  I would love to be able to do more than one a month, but I think one a month is a good goal.

2.  I want to work on our finances.  This is a tough subject.  I really hate talking about money.  Wade works his tooshie off for us.  If only residents got paid for the hours they work!  A family of 6 costs money.  We eat.  We go through diapers and wipes like candy.  Don't even get me started on medical expenses.  Anyway, I think there is room for improvement I think we can make smarter choices.

3.  I want to nurture.  I want to be better and make moments each day for each child individually.   I want to be better at having date night with Wade.  After 10 years, 4 kids and all this crazy school/residency stuff we actually might deserve a date now and then.  This might actually take hiring a babysitter (something I've only done twice in our whole marriage!)  I want to serve others.  I want to have the right attitude while doing it.

4.  I want to make the best choice.  I think I spend a lot of my time making good or better choices when really there are opportunities for me to be making best choices.  I can apply this to every aspect of my life, from eating, working out, sleeping, spending time with the kids, computer time, and even my calling.  This is inspired by the Good, Better, Best talk.  I love it and think of it often, "We have to forego some good things in order to choose others that are better or best because they develop faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and strengthens our families."  - Dallin H. Oaks.


I'm pretty excited about 2011.  I know January is already almost all over, time never stops, life never slows down.  I don't think I can expect a day off soon.  But I can slow down, work on these goals and make this year the best it can be.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


I like this quote.  I am going to print this page and frame it for my kitchen.  I need the reminder.

I am trying hard to stop and enjoy.

I've decided today my attitude is enduring.  I have 2 hours - or less - until bedtime.  We aren't going to see Wade because it's not Monday - the only night he is home before bedtime.  The house is a Disaster (with a capital D!)  I have about 8 loads of clean laundry mounded on my bed that I need to fold and put away.  (at least they are clean right?) I made it through 10 minutes of a 20 minutes work out today until Avery decided to lay down on top of me while I was doing abs and Noah put his head right in the way of my foot. :(

I know someday I will miss this.  I might even miss having my hair (pulled out by large chunks) beautifully styled by my almost 2 year old while nursing a baby.  I might.

Someday's are hard to enjoy and not endure.  I'm pretty sure if I sit and think about it I can make my list go on and on about things I am enduring today.

Life is to be enjoyed not endured.  So I am going to enjoy it.  We are headed upstairs for pajamas, cuddling and reading.  I believe Alexander and The Terrible, HorribleNo Good, Very Bad Day, will be first on our list.

ps.  Knight in shinning armor just walked in the door, had the kids strip down to their undies and then sprayed them (and me!!) with ethyl chloride....of the joys of a good joy scream!  Life really is good!

Saturday, January 01, 2011

one little word

I have always been fascinated with the idea of a word of the year.  I am a follower of scrapbooker Ali Edwards (for her 'one little word' posts, click on her name) and her posts have inspired me to take action this year.

I've been thinking about my life the past couple weeks.  I want to make a change.  I want to take a moment (or two or three) every day to enjoy life.  Enjoy the stage it is in right now. Enjoy my relationships.  Enjoy my family.  My goal is to be okay with dishes in the sink, dirty floor and laundry piles and enjoy the moments that are passing me by.  I want to enjoy a good book.  I want to enjoy dinner time and bedtime and not let little things stress me out.  I think it's even possible for me (if I look hard) to enjoy Wade's residency.  My goal is to even enjoy everyday tasks like mothering, housework, enjoy service and my church calling.  I want to enjoy hobbies and find joy in developing talents.  

My one little word for 2011 is:


I hope you {enjoy} the ride.