Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Amazing show, definitely one of the best. The artists were incredible, the atmosphere cozy and my spirits restored in the power of handmade crafts.
Everyone did well and everyone had a great time.
A rough estimate would be at least over 500 in attendance.
Love my artists....what an amazing job I have!
Friday, November 26, 2010
It was Rylans grand idea to make chocolate chip cookies on top of the stove. They turned out great. Nathan serenaded us with his sweet guitar playing and we played games all day.
I kinda like it when the power goes out.....when we have gmas to go to.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
I can't cover it up with Cool Whip. My very first apple pie by the way. Rylan made sure to tell everyone how crappy it looks. Thanks buddy.
That's enough ranting for now. Happy Pre THanksgiving to everyone. I hope you all have better luck than me, and if you do.....please spare me the photos~
Monday, November 22, 2010
Everywhere I look today, facebook, twitter, emails, tv, blogs, etc. It says SNOW.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
So far, half of us have battled it and our prescription is nearly out.
I have nicknamed it stink eye, because anytime I talk to my children while in this predicament
they give me just that...stink eye.
So, while we have stink eye, we do laundry at least 5 times a day, change the bedding daily, do our drops 4 times daily and other tasks not ordinary except to the most compulsive cleaner. (B, I expect none of your defensive rationalizing!)
I'd rather wrap each childs entire eye zone with gauze and make em wait it out.
Oh wait...I DID try that and a certain kid whined all through it. What a great experience to pretend you are blind though!
Character building, that's what I call it.
Ps- Props to Jiffy Mart off Valley Rd. I was .81 cents short for an item and the owner, said "no, don't worry about it". This may not seem like a big deal to you, but it was such a sweet gesture that I just had to share it. Shop there when you can. The little shop around the corner that always welcomes you with a big smile and a hello.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Instead of blogging about boring daily activities and snappy one liners to describe the photos, that would only be interesting to friends and family, I have decided to truly write how I feel with (hopefully) a witty and comical approach to my life.
You may already know that I love to read the CJane blog (see button to the right of the screen).
She doesn't just appeal to her family and friends, but to strangers as well. So, this is what I am going to try to do.
Sometimes those that know me might feel uncomfortable at my candidness and shocking opinions, but I really want to start writing about how I FEEL about things.
Being in mommy land, one forgets that one ever had opinions on anything that doesn't involve
child rearing and all the things that go along with that.
So...here we go....
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Oh how this little one and I are going to love each other. I just know it. She is just about the cutest thing I have ever seen and I am happy for the excuse to sit closer to them in church so I can hold her as much as they'll let me.
Love you little Torah.
Monday, November 15, 2010
We just watched this documentary tonight. It is so very insightful. My mother died from cancer at age 38. So young. She had mercury fillings. About 4 of them. So do I. I have also allowed Rylan to be fixed with a filling as well. Luckily it was on his baby tooth and it fell out. Right now, I am debating on whether or not to have my fillings removed. As I watched this tonight, I realized just how very important it is to stick to a strict diet with my family. You can no longer trust to just go grocery shopping and blindly shop for what you like. Sure shopping organic and local can be expensive, but look at the alternatives. I have several friends that do not eat meat based on the Word of Wisdom. This always hit home for me, but growing up with my whole mothers side as farmers, I grew up on meat and potatoes. This ensues an entire life style change. Really though, how do you know if your meat is safe? We didn't use to have to deal with these topics. Now we do. At least if I am feeding my children organic and whole foods, I feel that I am delaying the doctor visits a bit.
What are you feelings? Please watch the film and let me know. It is available on Netflix.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
The best stop, the AMAZING bookstore downtown. We were able to see my little sister Haley for a few minutes, but her friend had come from Idaho to see her, so we hugged and went our seperate ways. Then, we drove out to see my other brother Eric. I happen to have 3 siblings that live in Bellingham now, so we will be heading out there often.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Most of you know Charles, but for those of you who do not, he is a brilliant film director, writer, producer and good friend of mine. He made an amazing film "Take" a few years back with Minnie Driver. Just last year he embarked on a new project about dancers (all sorts) that use their talents to battle. We just watched the first season tonight and were blown away. It was easy to tell which episodes were his. Artistic, fun...expertly shot. You can find the first season on netflix or youtube if you'd like a sneak peak. I am so proud of him and am honored to be a part of his fan club.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
I gave my first talk. Well, I take that back. I spoke at a baptism once, but not a 10 minute talk!
I feel so happy and empowered. I got to speak about the importance of handmade and repurposed items.
What a spiritual and beautiful experience to study Elder Uchtdorfs talk on creativity.
It was a great night and I am on a spiritual high. Here is the talk . My aunt Kay wanted to read it and she is in Idaho, so here ya go!
What do you think of when you think of handmade crafts?
Grandmas afgan? knitted sweaters? needlepoint?
Well I am going to talk to you tonight about how handmade crafts don't have to
be your grandmas crafts, and if they are...how you can modernize and make them your own by
either using items from your own home, or your local thrift store.
With the economy in the state it is in, I encourage each of us to make even just one handmade item this holiday season.
If you look at the great display to my ______, you will see items that have been handmade by you.
There is no doubt that we have great talent among the sisters in our ward.
Before I get too much into the mechanics of handmade, I'd like to go back to Elder Uchtdorfs message about "creating".
The Work of Creation
The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before.
Everyone can create. You don’t need money, position, or influence in order to create something of substance or beauty.
Creation brings deep satisfaction and fulfillment. We develop ourselves and others when we take unorganized matter into our hands and mold it into something of beauty—and I am not talking about the process of cleaning the rooms of your teenage children.
You might say, “I’m not the creative type. When I sing, I’m always half a tone above or below the note. I cannot draw a line without a ruler. And the only practical use for my homemade bread is as a paperweight or as a doorstop.”
If that is how you feel, think again, and remember that you are spirit daughters of the most creative Being in the universe. Isn’t it remarkable to think that your very spirits are fashioned by an endlessly creative and eternally compassionate God? Think about it—your spirit body is a masterpiece, created with a beauty, function, and capacity beyond imagination.
But to what end were we created? We were created with the express purpose and potential of experiencing a fulness of joy.4 Our birthright—and the purpose of our great voyage on this earth—is to seek and experience eternal happiness. One of the ways we find this is by creating things.
If you are a mother, you participate with God in His work of creation—not only by providing physical bodies for your children but also by teaching and nurturing them. If you are not a mother now, the creative talents you develop will prepare you for that day, in this life or the next.
You may think you don’t have talents, but that is a false assumption, for we all have talents and gifts, every one of us.5 The bounds of creativity extend far beyond the limits of a canvas or a sheet of paper and do not require a brush, a pen, or the keys of a piano. Creation means bringing into existence something that did not exist before—colorful gardens, harmonious homes, family memories, flowing laughter.
What you create doesn’t have to be perfect. So what if the eggs are greasy or the toast is burned? Don’t let fear of failure discourage you. Don’t let the voice of critics paralyze you—whether that voice comes from the outside or the inside.
If you still feel incapable of creating, start small. Try to see how many smiles you can create, write a letter of appreciation, learn a new skill, identify a space and beautify " end quote.
In our premortal existence, we were part of the great creation. It is in our souls to create.
You can imagine my excitement when I first heard this! Being so creative minded, there are many times when I felt selfish for wanting to craft instead of more productive things. I felt like he was speaking directly to me, and he was.....to each of us.
Being a part of this great organization called The Relief Society, means that we are a part of this great "creating" universe. We are handmade nations, biggest and greatest supporters! Our society has been making things by hand since the beginning of our churchs organization. We make things together for charities, ill members, scouts, our bishopric, etc. ALL the TIME! We have learned sewing, writing, card making, and the list goes on and on. All these crafts are for the purpose of enriching someone else's lives. In turn, enriching ourselves.
Remember when you were little, the joy of giving your mother or father something YOu created? Not something bought from a store, but something you made with your own hands. The excitement when the person receiving the gift would say "oh, you made this? It's wonderful". It's easy to run to Target in a pinch and buy something. I still do it, but I want you all to think of how it feels for the person receiving it to get something that you made . You are giving something irreplaceable, unique, one of a kind!
It's like cooking, cooking with love tastes so much better right? When I am making something for someone, I am thinking of that person, or prospective people that I want to give it to. The gift isn't just the item itself, it's my time, my love. I know that my gift will always be fondly looked upon. That I am building a relationship with that person. Everything handmade has a story behind it. How many of you have something made from a grandmother, greatgrandmother or another person? Those people will move on in life and wont be with us forever, but their items will. You can pass their heirlooms on to future generations and those generations will have a story and piece of that person forever.
What better way to share Christs love than by the small sacrifice of taking time to create for someone else.
I'd like to share this poem with you:
With these hands I make you something I hold dear,
in hopes you will feel the love for you that's so sincere.
These hands may not make the works of art that I may dream,
but there is love and timeless thought within each stitch and seam.
I hope you take this item that I crafted just for you,
and know that your always in my heart through and through....
Most of you know that I have been organizing and running an Craft Bazaar for the past few years. I even opened a store this past year, although that was short lived.
I am passionate about handmade items. Recycling, creating, reusing and repurposing. I truly feel that this is what my heavenly father wants for me to do in this lifetime and I feel so honored to talk with you all about it tonight.
Times are hard right now. There is no better time than now to be thinking of ways to save money, especially with the Christmas season quickly approaching.
I have brought a number of my own books about crafting. You are welcome to borrow them.
I grew up in a very creative family. Grandma painted, sewed, wrote poetry, quilted, canned, cooked, gardened etc. So did all my aunts, cousins, and even an uncle.
Because of this, I can't ever stick with one craft. This has been a blessing and a curse at the same time.
The curse-I have several several SEVERAL baskets of materials, tools, odds and ends etc. AKA. Projects never finished.
The Blessings- I have learned several several SEVERAL crafts and can share some with you tonight.
Reducing our carbon footprint is a must. We teach our scouts this, but we really need to be teaching everyone in our congregation.
Recycling and repurposing is really in trend right now. Saving items that would otherwise be thrown out is a must in this ever growing commercial world we live in.
You can visit your local thrift store or closet and come up with some great ideas.
Take this sock monkey for instance, it is what it is.....it's made from socks.
What about this old sweater? How about a skirt for a toddler? A flower brooch? A stuffed animal? Mittens?
An old board game? A purse, a picture frame
Book pages? A cute wallet, passport cover. Brooch? Book mobile
Or even an old cabinet from a thrift store? Now a cute vintage book shelf.
What about old missing puzzle pieces? Now a cute refridgerator magnet.
Take nothing and make it into something! Stumped on what to do? There are some great sites online to help you out.
Etsy is the handmade craft mecca of the world. Hundreds of thousands of crafters from all over the world sell their unique handmade items through this site.
I like to visit to get ideas. There are also incredible do it yourself blogs that give you step by step instructions. I have a list printed out, if anyone would like this.
There are ways to not only make your items look professional, but package your items to look professional as well.
We have a fun, quick, easy, project to share with you tonight. There are many variations of this project.
I hope that as we use our hands tonight to craft and visit we will be ever aware of the love of Christ that we can share by these small
tokens we create.
I'd like to bear my testimony of the importance of thoughtfulness. Thoughtfulness portrayed through creating by hand.
Of the amazing example of Christ and our fellow sisters that show this every day.