Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Made It!

Well, it took me riding 30 miles a day, everyday that wasn't raining or snowing, but I made it!

I am sick of riding my bike, I am not riding it for the rest of the year.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Zen and the Art of Fridge Repair

If I were a pessimist, which I'm not and I know this because I live with one and I definitely recognize the difference, I would have titled this post The Universe Strikes Back!  Instead, I've decided to take a more philsophical approach which leads me to say that the Universe is seeking balance after the amazing amount of goodness and fun we have been having over the Christmas Break.  I suppose having a Refrigerator-sized doorstop is a small price to pay for our good fortune, but we'll have to be more careful in the future about throwing the Karmic Balance out of whack.  And meditation...lots of mediatation.

Joking aside, I really don't think the world keeps a score card.  I just think bad things happen sometimes.  I was just reading a bit of wisdom on a friends blog that said, "Sometimes life isn't about lessons, it's about experiences."  This might have been an ordinary run-of-the-mill Christmas, but now we can always say, "Remember the year our fridge broke...and we lived off our food storage & Hershey kisses for a couple days...and wasn't it fun to keep our milk and eggs outside in the cold, cold temperatures....and we had our food spread around the neighborhood and at the church...Remember?"  Sure, we have to foot the bill for repairs, but maybe that just makes me more appreciative of the things that do the heat, my car, my kids occasionally.  Anyway. 

I'm looking forward to a new beginning with the start of the 2009! I'm working on resolutions which I'm sure I'll post soon!  May the Universe bring us all peace and prosperity for the New Year! Ohm!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

A Wonderful Christmas!

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Thank you to everyone who helped to make our Christmas so special! We feel very blessed. We hope you had as wonderful a time as we did!  Now, on to the New Year's celebration!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Our Christmas Greetings!

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Snow!?! Yep, snow

We had a snow storm ALL DAY today here, although it never really stuck.  The snow fell all day.  I now understand why I was the only living thing on the bike trail today, I didn't even see a rabbit.  Have 163 miles to go before the end of the year, so it is starting to get close.  More tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

My Man

Scott is having a really hard time at work lately...and it's rubbing off on other areas too!  His workload is increasing daily, the inefficiency of his department is astounding, and his bike just broke this morning. I just wanted to make my feelings known on the subject of my husband and let him know how much I love him.

1) Scott is an amazingly hard worker.  He will do everything expected of him and then some.  He always does what he can to do it right the first time and if given the proper tools, knowledge and opportunity will completely blow everyone away with his skills.

2) Scott is a great dad! There is nothing that Scott wouldn't do for his girls.  He attends every school meeting, every game, every performance.  He shares many of his interests with the girls and they love to spend time with their dad.  His favorite place is home...even though a house full of girls isn't the easiest thing to put up with.

3) Scott is fun! He always makes us laugh with his wit and corny sense of humor.  He has a childlike joy about things like trains, sports, and cartoons which further endears him to his children and makes everyone around him feel young again.  He loves spending time with his Train Buddies...many of whom depend on Scott and the other Train Club guys for their only companionship.  He has made lasting life-long friends through his passions. 

4) Scott is a wonderful husband.  Scott and I have always been a perfect fit.  He is always patient with me, slow to anger, forgiving, helpful, and loving.  He puts up with my ever changing moods, my broken body, my many projects and activities.  He is supportive and encouraging.  He provides me and the girls with everything that we could ever need and most everything we want.  He does dishes, takes out the trash, does his own laundry, and occasionally cooks!!!

5) Scott is a good, honorable, righteous man.  He wants to be the best that he can.  He recognizes his weaknesses and really works on making them strengths. He honors his priesthood.  He expects the best from his family and others and himself.  He chooses to live to a higher standard and I admire him for that.

These are just a few of the reasons why I love Scott! He is the best part of my life and my best friend!  I am sad that he is having a hard time lately, but I hope that this will be a reminder of some of the good things he has going for him.  If you have others, please post them here.  He could use the boost!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Christmas Recital

Here is the girls' Christmas Recital for 2008. Hope you enjoy it!

Part 1 Taylor's Duet with teacher Melanie Hancock:

Part 2 Shaylie and Taylor's duet:

Part 3 Taylor's Solo:

Part 4 Shaylie's Solo: