Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Step away from the ....

Hello again dear reader,
I've been thinking about this post for a while and thought since I have some time, might as well do it now. We are living in a digital age where everyone is connected all the time. There are scandals it seems like all the time where someone posts something on a social networking site that embarrasses them, their family and possibly even their pets.

A few simple suggestions from me (take them, leave them, be offended or laugh, it matters not to me). These may sound prudish, but they're my feelings and you can't change them.

1. Think before you post. Self explanatory right? Apparently not. If you wouldn't say it in front of your elderly granny or very young child, you may not want to post it.

2. If you don't want it all over the world, don't post it. This goes for good news, bad news, any kind of news really. It's kind of like a secret, if you don't tell anyone, it won't get around.

3. Make sure your parts are covered up! Yes, you may think you're the best looking thing on the planet but most of us don't want to see you posing in your bathroom mirror partially unclothed.

4. If you have an issue with someone, go to that person and speak to them about it, there's no need for the internet and all your friends/followers to get involved.

5. If you are a high profile person, act like it! We expect people that have high profile jobs, such as Mayor, Governor, Congressman or President to have a little sense and not post something potentially embarrassing or is going to get you in deep trouble. It sounds again like common sense doesn't it?

6. Just because you can type it doesn't mean you need to "say" it. I'm grateful as the day is long to live in a country where I can say, type, sing or yell what I want. However, that does not give me the right to be mean, rude, crude, offensive or down right nasty to someone else, either in person or in writing.

7. If someone tells you "I deleted that message, video, picture, etc. months ago" don't believe them unless you deleted it yourself and wiped it off of their phone, computer, whatever, never to be seen again.

Maybe a good rule of thumb would be, write down what you intend to post on paper, put it somewhere safe for thirty minutes or so (longer if you're angry). After you have watched an episode of your favorite TV show, read a few chapters of a good book, taken a walk, played with your kids for awhile, if it still sounds like something you would be proud to have your name beside, post away.

Did I follow my own advice? Yep. Left it for about an hour, made revisions and am now posting it.

Peace and love y'all!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Time, time, time....

Dear reader,
How many times do we say, "I don't have the time"? I say it a lot when talking about things that I know I should be doing, but just can't get motivated to do them. This includes cleaning house, exercising, reading my scriptures, etc. Last week after church, the DH came home raving about the lesson that the young men had received about time and how we waste time. So, I decided to do the same experiment that they did and see how much time in the day I had left after doing all the things that I do. So, here goes nothing (yes, I'm checking my math)

24 hours in the day (I'm using 6 a.m. to 6 a.m.)
- 8 hours of sleep
- 7.5 hours of work
- 1.0 hour of travel to and from the place of employment
- .5 shower time ( I'm being generous)
-1.5 hours washing dishes prior to cooking and cooking dinner
-1.0 hour of helping with homework or schoolwork, helping kids study for tests
4.5 hours

4.5 hours! That is what is left on a "normal" day for me to do something productive. What do I do during that time you ask? I'm asking myself the same thing and although I know that I'm reading or watching tv a little bit, I don't think it's 4.5 hours worth. This is a wake up call for me, I can be accomplishing so much! This means that I DO have time to take a walk around the neighborhood, I DO have time to read scriptures with my family, I DO have time to do my visiting teaching, I DO have time to clean my house (UGH!).

Readers, I know that I'm not going to be productive that left over 4.5 hours of the day(because I know deep in my soul that I'm not the most productive of people), BUT, I can try to take up some of that time doing what I know I should be doing and not lollygagging.

Off to do something productive....

Peace and love y'all!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Be Still....

Shopping for presents, wrapping said presents, Christmas parties, work, mommy duties, home caring, more work, church, worrying about things that shouldn't be worried about, more shopping for presents, staying up late, church, getting the children where they need to go, more work, more shopping, sleeping a little is in there some where....

That seems to be the routine in my little home lately and let me tell you, I'm pooped! As most of you know, I'm not the most social of creatures, I'm pretty happy being by myself most of the time. With all of the comings and goings, one phrase has been running through my head of late and that phrase is "Be Still...". This isn't just a physically be still, it's a mental and emotional stillness as well. Do you ever feel that your brain is going too fast and that if someone says something wrong you'll shatter? I do, and usually it's during times of great activity. This weekend everything fell apart, I was cranky, depressed and short with the hubby and the children and generally not the happy go lucky person I usually am. As I was sitting on the couch last night, trying to keep it all together, that phrase---be still, came again into my mind and heart. I sent the children to bed, Mike was outside doing Mike stuff, and I was alone (finally). I took that time to just be still mentally. I could feel my tattered edges being put back together, my mind and spirit calming. I told Mike this morning that I was feeling better, that the time by myself helped and he was glad to have the regular old me back.

This general craziness also led me to think about the post Christmas funk that many people suffer. Is it maybe because the time from Thanksgiving to Christmas is go, go, go, that after Christmas, when the going is done, our minds, bodies and spirits are just given out? I think so. Does that mean the stuff at the beginning isn't going to get done? No. But, I will remember to take time for myself, to just be still. I hope you all will as well.

Peace, love and merry Christmas to you all!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

I believe in Santa

Good morning dear readers!
Regarding the title of this post, I know you're probably thinking, "that poor woman! She doesn't get it!" Oh, I get it just fine. I'm not talking about the jolly fat man in a red suit that Kiersten was terrified of as a child, I'm talking about the spirit of Santa. When we told Kiersten and Jared the "truth" about Santa, we told them about the spirit of Santa and that we as adults still believe in that spirit.

What is the spirit of Santa you ask? The spirit of Santa is something usually felt more around this time of year, but we really need to try to have it all year long. The spirit of Santa is what makes people put thousands of dollars in a Salvation Army bucket, what makes people ding dong dash entire meals and Christmas presents for those in need, what makes people a little more apt to let someone go first in line at the grocery store. It also makes adults want to be just a little more childlike during the Christmas season. No, I'm not talking about childish behavior, I'm saying teachable, humble and awestruck at the precious gift that has been given to each of us through Christ's sacrifice.

So when kids ask me if I still believe in Santa, I say yep, I sure do.

Peace and love y'all!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Is this thing on?

Hello dear reader and my apologies for leaving you so abruptly in May. As you can imagine, it's been an eventful summer and beginning of the school year. Kiersten is loving high school and seminary. Jared is back into the routine of school and doing well.

It's amazing that there are so many things walking around in my head waiting to be written, but right at this moment, nothing comes to me. Man! I hate not being able to write when I think of something profound.

But anyway, this is just my little shout out and changing it up from J's birthday post.

Peace and love y'all!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

10 Things...

Well dear reader, tomorrow (5/13) is a great day in our little household. Jared turns 10! Mike also turns 28 for the tenth time but he says that he has given his birthday away so no more for him. So, in honor of our favorite 10 year old......

10 Things I Love About Jared (in no particular order and with more pics than Kiersten's since I'm at home)

1. His laugh...He has one of those infectious laughs that once he gets started he can't stop. Sometimes he turns red and almost falls over (which is actually pretty funny). I love to hear him laugh because I know that all is right in his world.

2. His general craziness...He's always doing something crazy and really keeps us on our toes.

3. His love of nature...For those of you who have known me a long time, I am not the best around bugs, frogs, lizards, snakes, etc. God has a sense of humor that I get a little boy that loves to share his finds with me.

Taken at Bearworld in Idaho on vacation. Apparently the poor deer wouldn't cooperate with him. I took it as a sign of things to come and sure enough, he's a hunter.

4. His willingness to help...He's always glad and anxious to help. Whether it's going with Mike to do a service project or helping out here at home, he's always asking what he can do to help out.

5. His love for his sister...Although he fights with her, he really does think she hung the moon.

Washington D.C. outside of the National Zoo.

6. His expressive face...Anita says he has expressive eyebrows, I think his whole face is so expressive. I could watch him tell a story all day long

photo by Christy Peake---no, we didn't send this one out with the Christmas cards

7. His sense of humor...He has the silliest sense of humor and can find something funny in just about everything.

This could go with #2 as well. Photo taken by Christy Peake at a sometimes wild and crazy photo shoot for pictures for Christmas

8. His odd philosophies...Sometimes we'll be talking and he will say something completely out of the blue. They can be funny or serious, but they're always interesting.

9. His figurative language skills...He loves to try out new words and most of the time the context is correct, you just don't expect it to come from him. He tells me that he has mad figurative language skills and I tend to agree with him.

10. This one will be everything else. From his hugs to his temper, everything that he does is full of life and energy. He doesn't do anything halfway. I love my hunting, fishing, reading, laughing, smart alecky little guy.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

14 Things...

Today is the sweet girl's 14th birthday, and in honor of that auspicious occasion, here are 14 things I love about Kiersten in no particular order (some may not have pictures-most of the pics are old which are the only ones that I have here)

1. Her smile---Ever since she was a baby, she's had an infectious grin that lights up where ever she happens to be.

2. Her personality---She's pretty quiet until you get to know her and then she's just so funny and has wonderful things to say.
3. Her common sense---In this day and age when people can be lacking in common sense, she has it most of the time. She's got a good head on her shoulders and I'm glad for that.

4. Her love for her brothers---She has 3 younger brothers and she loves them all so very much. Even when Jared is yelling at her to put her stuff in the bathroom away, she's (mostly) patient with him.

5. Her flair for the dramatic---She gets this from my mother, Scarlett had nothing on Kiersten. Maybe that's just being a teenager but it's definitely there.

6. Her fashion sense---She's not like me when it comes to her clothes (which can be a good and bad thing). She always looks so darn pretty!
7. Her sense of self---She knows who she is (which I didn't at that age) and what she wants. I admire that in her.

8. Her sense of humor---We have sort of the same sense of humor so she gets my jokes and silly comments.

9. Her love of reading---One thing that we have in common, we'll sit and read together for hours. We talk about books, what she's reading and writing.

10. Her stubbornness---This is something to love? you ask. Yes, except when it comes to her stubbornness about doing (or not doing) chores.

11. Her hair---She's got great hair ( this is silly, but I really do love her hair)

12. Her love for her family---She's got LOTS of family and loves us all. She's also becoming something of a hugger (Mike is wearing off on her).

13. Her talents---She is very talented. She sings, paints, draws, writes very well. She's also a great listener and a calming spirit.

14. Everything else---I'm her mom and I think she's just wonderful. This is just a little list, but I can tell you, I am blessed to be her mother. I couldn't ask for a better daughter.

Happy Birthday sweet baby girl!

Peace and love y'all!