A Week In The Life

April 19, 2010

I have followed along and looked at doing this last time Ali Edwards talked about her “Week In the Life” project on her blog, but this time I am going to do it and try and post stuff on my blog about it.  I will hopefully make a scrapbook at some point.  Anyone want to join me?  Even if you start late or don’t do the whole thing it is no big deal!  I am starting tomorrow morning and going through next Sunday.  I think this would be a good thing to do anytime!  We have different “everyday life” depending on the season.

I think doing this kind of project is awesome because if you are like me you mostly take pictures and scrapbook (if that is your thing) just the events in our lives like Birthdays, vacations, holidays etc.  I have tried to incorporate more every day stuff as I have started taking more pictures because I think it’s important to document just the normal things we do as well as the special things.

Anyway here is a link to Ali’s Blog (click here) (and here).  It tells what she is doing, but you can pretty much do whatever you want I think.  I haven’t really decided exactly what kind of album set up I will do, but I will be thinking about it this week.  I’ve been really excited about the digital/hybrid scrapping I’ve been doing so I may go buy Ali’s templates from Designer Digitals and just follow her example.  We’ll see!  Who knows, maybe I’ll get busy this week with other things and just end up with the pictures and stories I put on my blog, and you know what?  That will be just fine too!

It’s a new year, a new decade.  You’d think I’d come up with some good resolutions or something wouldn’t you?  Like being a better blogger who actually posts once a week.  I am always thinking of stuff to post, but then I procrastinate.  Procrastination….I am an expert at that!  If I could change one thing about myself it would be that.  Getting rid of that alone would move me forward to meeting a lot of my goals, dreams, ideas, unfinished projects, losing weight, etc., etc.  I always have such good intentions, but then that procrastination thing ruins them.  I am always feeling like I live my life half finished all the time!   I remember telling Dave’s mom once that I do a lot of things, but I don’t do any of them really well.  I’m not sure if I’m just lazy or a perfectionist who knows it won’t be perfect so I get discouraged before I even try.  Hmmmm…. maybe a little of both :). 

Anyway, here’s a couple of books that I finished reading.  Feels good to say that “finished”.  See I do finish some things!  Although it’s taking me longer to read books as I just have to snatch a minute or two here and there.  And I have this annoying habit of reading more than one book at a time.  Here’s a couple I have actually finished:

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Loved this book! Charming, witty, funny, and I loved the way it is written as letters back and forth between different characters.  Takes place just after WWII and the German occupation of the island of Guernsey off the coast of England.  A fictional story with a historical fiction setting.

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My Antonia (Bantam Classic) My Antonia by Willa Cather
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I think what I loved most about this book was the lovely descriptions of nature and the awareness of the main character. I also liked the whole growing up story of Jim and his recollections and memories of things later in life as he looks back to tell the story.

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I’ve also been listening to some books on tape in the car driving to work. I sure does help the time pass faster. There are actually quite a few free ones if they are public domain books. Right now I am listening to Charles Dickens Great Expectations. My awesome hubby got me a FM transmitter that works with my Blackberry and my Ipod so I can listen to either one. So cool!

Just a quick little update. I’ll be posting more soon about our Christmas and other things we have going on.

Wow!  It’s been awhile since I’ve posted!  I didn’t realize it had been about 6 weeks or so.  Crazy life I guess.  I feel like I have just spent a lot of time in my car.  Getting used to the 40 minute commute every morning and afternoon has been interesting especially when you add that I am running kids around to everything they do at least 3 days a week.  Then there is the usual grocery shopping, errands, etc, that you add in too.  Whew!  I get tired sometimes even just thinking about it. 

I am enjoying working in the company’s Idaho Falls office.  The Rexburg office was so quiet and I was there a lot of times by myself which got really boring.  I have a lot more to do now and it makes the days go by much faster, and there are people to talk to and it’s much more interesting.  So, I guess it’s a trade off.  I’m enjoying my job better I just have to driver farther to do it!  Working from home on Fridays is wonderful!  I really look forward to it a lot and it keeps me going throughout the week knowing that’s how I can end it.

The kids are just going along with school and the usual.  Sydnie is working hard and improving her grades.  She always really struggles the 1st few months of school and then finally finds her groove and starts to do a lot better.  She loves Jr. High and all the new, exciting happenings there.  She’s had a couple of dances and is having fun with those.  Hayley just finished her regular basketball season and then got asked to be on a team that will play in the Idaho Falls leagues in January and February.  (Just what I needed…another trip to Idaho Falls during the week!)  She is excited and we are enjoying watching her play and improve!  Dillan just finished wrestling.  He had fun but we didn’t do any tournaments or anything.  He just liked learning some moves – probably so he could try them on his sisters!

We were moved into a new ward with some rearranging here in our little community.  We are enjoying it!  We have some good friends here already and excited to make some new ones too!  The 2nd Sunday we were there I had to stand in Sacrament Meeting to be confirmed for my new callings.  My little Dillan was trying to figure out when he should raise his hand in support, and I was trying to help him.  He was being a little silly and kept trying to raise his hand in opposition.  Well, I stood up for my sustaining and of course you can imagine what happened.  He raised his hand in opposition to my calling of being ward camp director.  Everyone had a good laugh about that!

That same Sunday he wanted to bear his testimony.  This is the 1st time he’s ever done that!  Anyway… he goes up and gives his testimony and then when he sits down he looks up at me and says, “now I don’t have a testimony anymore!”  I said why not, you always have a testimony in your heart and head.  He said he didn’t because he buried it!  He thought that’s what people were doing when they got up.  They were “burying” their testimony!  So funny!  What a goof!   (He must have had too much sugar for breakfast that morning or something).

Someday

October 16, 2009

Shared this on Facebook too, but just had to put it on my blog. It reminds me not to procrastinate what’s important. It also reminds me about what we choose, and what I need to choose more often.

Fall

September 30, 2009

Some thoughts today, because it’s rainy and I’m feeling thoughtful.

Feeling fall nesting coming on.  It’s conference weekend and I’m wanting to clean and organize the house from the summer mania.  Put up fall decorations.  Plan for the Stoddard Family Halloween Feast.  Wanting to bake yummy warm tasty things to eat.  Bread, zucchini bread, cookies.  Mmmm.  Also wanting to make and can the pizza sauce to use up all those tomatoes.  Make the Pechuga Over Rice recipe from the Mexican resteraunt in Cody we went to last month.  (Maybe I can talk Chef Dave into cooking it while I take Syd to piano lessons?).  Maybe turn the fireplace on and read a book on the couch.  But then there are also these things I’d like to do.

Go sage hen hunting with Dave.  Not because I necessary like to kill things, but because I love being out in the crisp fall air and walking and just being outside.  Seeing the soft sagey colors of the fall sagebrush and the red and orange leaves of the desert bushes and the dried wheat colored grasses. 

I’m in the mood to take photographs of the fall colors.  Maybe take a little hike or a walk and play with my camera.  I’d like to learn more about taking pictures like this (Pioneer Woman – Your Fall Bokeh).  Can I do that with my point and shoot? 

I’d like to sit and scrapbook.  I’ve been wanting to do a mini book of our bike trip.  Still need to do a book of our cruise from a couple of years ago.  Not to mention all the other thousand of photos I have to scrapbook and scan into the computer. 

There’s also the yard.  Which needs some grass.  I really need to see grass in the spring.  I’m tired of dirt and rocks.  Tired of a dirt and dust and weed yard.  I want to plant some bulbs and watch them come up in the spring.  That would make me happy. 

Cuddle on the couch with Dave and watch a good movie.  Get tired and dreamy and fall asleep on the couch next to him.  Sleep in on Sunday.  Mmmm.  That sounds good too.

Looks like I’ve got my weekend all planned doesn’t it?  I don’t know that all that will get accomplished…but I may see some of it. While I cringe a little at the thought of winter coming around the corner, part of me looks forward to it.  The peace and quiet of it.  The being at home comfy of it.  The time to do homey things.  Mostly I just love fall because it’s still in between.  It’s still decent enough to be outdoors, but it’s not the crazy coming and going and busyness of summer.  We aren’t trying to pack something into every second because our summers seem so short.  Now is the time to pull back from that a little bit and take a breath and slow down a little bit.  At least that’s how I’d like it to be.  Sometimes it still seems a bit crazy, probably because I let it get that way.  But it is different.  It is at least a little slower and softer.  So, here’s to fall and my favorite months of the year!

SF Class of '89 - 2009

SF Class of '89 - 2009

Dave and I had our 20 year class reunion this summer.  It was fun to see the people that came.  I wish there would have been more come.  What is it about class reunions that either excite people to see old classmates again, or fill them with dread to even think about high school again.  Then there are those who I think just aren’t really interested.  I have some of these same mixed emotions myself.  I do know that you couldn’t pay me enough to go back to high school again.  Not that I had terrible experiences looking back.  It’s just that whole coming of age thing, and trying to figure out who you are and where you fit it.  Just all the drama that now seems so silly, yet you still remember it.  And some of it still hurts, or is embarassing, or makes you laugh, or makes you angry.  It doesn’t really matter anymore, but some of those experiences and feelings are so ingrained in you that it’s hard to let some of them go. 

It’s really hard to believe it’s been 20 years.  I find myself staring forward at one of the decade birthdays to come and wondering how the heck that happened!  I remember my Grandma Kirkham once talking to me about getting old and how she said inside she always felt like she just stayed 25 even though her body aged.  I kind of feel the same way.  It’s like your body and time keeps moving on but inside you don’t necessarily feel older.  I look at the past 20 years and wonder what’s to come.  There have been great, wonderful, awful, sad experiences and I wonder what more I’ll be blessed with, but also what I might have to endure. 

On my friends blog she had a post the other day that referenced a talk by Elder Dallin H. Oaks (here) that talked about becoming.  “The Apostle Paul taught that the Lord’s teachings and teachers were given that we may all attain “the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ” (Eph. 4:13). This process requires far more than acquiring knowledge. It is not even enough for us to be convinced of the gospel; we must act and think so that we are converted by it. In contrast to the institutions of the world, which teach us to know something, the gospel of Jesus Christ challenges us to becomesomething.”  This talked really hit home for me with this idea of “becoming”.  I really needed to hear some of the things from this talk.  (A big thanks to Tanyss for leading me to it!)

The Hero of Ages (Mistborn, #3) The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book was wonderful! I loved that I could read this book with no expectations of how Sanderson would end the series. It’s not predictable and so you can enjoy the ending without expecting how it will end. The whole series is so unique and different from just the usual fantasy novels. I loved the characters in the book and how they grew and developed. Sanderson seemed to focus on that and the relationships as well as the story line. These books had a lot depth to them and a lot of thoughts and quotable lines to ponder. These definately won’t be books like some on my shelf that I look at and try to remember what the story was about. These I will remember for a long time!

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