Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Skyhawks ROCK!

kade has been playing excelerated basketball this season and they are a-maz-ing!
currently the SKYHAWKS are ranked 2nd and this saturday... they play the #1 team.
not only do they play like mini nba-ers, they look fabulous. the numbers, team name, last names, and mascot are all sewn on, that's right, they are NOT iron ons.

getting instruction from the 2 best coaches EVER!

you can never get enough instruction and team building.
(yes kade is eating sunflower seeds-aaagh)
kade loves sports. any sport that has a ball he is in. not only is he on this team but his daddy is coaching his city league team. and, he has started baseball (more to come).

Sunday, January 23, 2011

how do i love thee? let me count the ways

saturday afternoon my mom came over and we created, laughed, and simply bonded. growing up my mom was always creating beautiful things for our home. when i got older and had my own home my mom was my inspiration for decorating. i have been lucky to receive some of her talent! i love decorating, i love crafting, i love my home, i love my mom!

after going through
scrapbook paper
fabric scraps
chip board
and the like
this is what we created...
for FREE

#1 hugs

#2 love

#3 kiss

#4 xoxo

#5 sweet

#6 be mine

#7 sweet

this is some of the ways we love thee... now you go get your creative juices flowing!
hAppY vAlEntInEs

Saturday, January 15, 2011

2011... what to do

i have never been one to make and KEEP new years resolutions but, i have always been a huge list maker and live by the lists created. i feel that my days aren't fulfilled unless my cell calendar, calendar on the fridge, calendar in the car are FULL! i guess i have defined myself with my to do tasks, why? why have i allowed this madness? i guess it helps keep my ever racing mind focused. i guess it helps keep me on track. i guess it helps me to not forget those appointments. i guess i just plain and simply love lists. with all of this... i get over-booked, i have an extremely difficult time telling others no, i hate seeing a calendar empty.

i loved the counsel this past general conference from the brothern and i am continually reminded of it by others in my life (love you all)... SIMPLIFY!

how does an over-booked, love to stay busy girly girl simplify?
i focus on going to bed before 2am, even before 1am.
i focus on getting the house picked up before going to bed at night so that in the morning we aren't running around like little chickens missing their heads.
i focus on returning to the family basics: prayer, scripture reading, eating dinner as a family at a normal hour.
i focus on leaving my home earlier than my appointments scheduled so that i am not driving mock 80 on the back roads, on i-15, on the main roads.
i focus on breathing!
i focus on making a dinner menu bi-weekly and making sure that ALL needed ingredients are in my home so that i can look forward to making and preparing meals each day. i enjoy even love cooking when i allow time, i am going to start taking cooking classes again. i have done this in the past and LOVED it. if you want to join, let me know. the more the merrier.

i am also going to focus on me! i have never liked my looks, never had a good healthy self image, never really felt worthy to focus on me. why? i don't know. i guess if i was on the biggest loser jillian michaels could break down the walls and help me find out. but, i am not on the bl and probably never will be so for now... i need to do it for me and by me. i can't guarentee that i will ever be a size 2-4 and that is ok. however, i would like to go out with my hubby and be proud to stand tall, walk tall, not hide behind him. he is darling with me. i know he adores me. i know he loves me. he has NEVER said an unkind word to me about my weight, my looks. infact he tells me often that he loves me, that he thinks i am beautiful. the issue is mine, all mine.

this year will be about my family. this year will be about myself. this year will be about breathing. this year will be about slowing down. this year will be about saying no. this year will be about simply simplifying. if the brothern of the church have said it, talked about it, counseled it... then there is a reason and i plan to find out what that reason is.

good luck to you and your resolutions this year.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

ringing in the nEw YEAr

we broke from tradition and went to soldier hollow... tubing!

i grew up on the mountain skiing every weekend with my brother and dad
(he was on the ski patrol at sundance)
so i was more than thrilled to be surrounded by the gorgeous rocky mountains;
with my boys, family and friends.

the day started off snowing, snowing, snowing
and the temps were dropping, dropping, dropping

my darling sister-in-law called saying she was thinking of cancelling

we loaded the truck with:
snow pants
hand warmers
foot warmers

my only one worry for the evening (and I worried the whole week prior) was
traveling the canyon with other drivers on what is known as 'the drinkers holiday'.
my darling and ever cautious hubby took his time on the ice packed roads and we arrived safely.

it was a blast
it was breathtakingly cold
it was breathtakingly gorgeous

there were about 120 guests in our group
we filled the lodge
we filled the mountain side

i didn't think to get my camera out until it was almost too late
we were able to get a few pictures of the kids that were still there late that night
(photos are Natalie Shelley's-still can't get mine to down load)

some of the silly monkeys that were still there late that night
(if you look closely some are in their pjs... love it)