Sunday, November 30, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It is focused on family, giving thanks, and eating. Three of my top favorite things. The highlight of the day was when my mom and dad got out a set of old slides that we had not seen before. There was a magical picture of Jeannie looking right into my mom's eyes just minutes after she was born. We all thought she looked like she was smiling. I am sure I have never seen a baby look that alert and ready to learn in my whole life. There were pics of Toots with her cute face and fly away hair. Of Justin with his PUBS cake, Todd with his lesiure suit, me as a baby, and Darin in a state of happy euphoria that was undeniable. Thanksgiving and every day I am thankful for my siblings, and for the connection we all share. Six kids in eight years means a lot of fighting and a lot of sharing, but in the end after all these years, it also means a lot of understanding.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Everyone has layers. They help to shape us, and define how much we want to share with others. I have ten layers. Complicated. Simple. Layered Me.
Layer 1 - I know your name. You know mine.
Layer 2 - You have added me on facebook. I am nice to you. I have never said LY in a IM to you. You don't know that I hate being called skinny.
Layer 3 - We share inside jokes, we have had at least one deep conversation. You like my style. We get along great, but you don't really know me. We share environments.
Layer 4 - You have heard me brag about my family. You have listened as I share stories that are close to my heart. You may have even been in one of those stories. You know that I love to bake, paint, and have a new hobby...photography. You know that running is my new escape, and that I am training for a half marathon. You know my kids are my inspiration and true love in this life. You have looked me in the eyes and truly listened to me.
Layer 5 - You have seen me cry.
Layer 6 - You know the story of the day I left my Grandpa in the hospital...alone...and the regret I still feel to this day. You know that I still think about this often and wish that I had not been so eager to go eat lunch, and instead stayed with him so that he would have not been scared. You know I cry about this each time I hear the song "Song for a Winters Night" by Sarah McLachlan.
Layer 7 - You know my regrets. You know my flaws. You know the pain I have dealt with. You have seen pictures of me from way before the plastic surgeons got a hold of my face. You know the story of how my prom date changed my life forever, and the day I prayed so loud in my head that someone would see beautiful me. And you know how I felt when it happened.
Layer 8 - You have read my book. You know my deepest fears. You know what my love languages are. You have touched and influenced my life beyond what I could ask for. I listen to your advice and admire who you are and everything you stand for.
Layer 9 - You are in my life each and every day. You support and understand all of my decisions. You build me up on days when I am so low I can't see the sun. You jump higher than I do when good news pours down. You are a true friend.
Layer 10- You have seen the best of me. You have seen the worst of me. You still love me.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
My next big thing(s):
1- finish the book I am writing
2- do a really great oil painting
3- learn how to spell and use 7 big words
1- Spring 2009
2- Jan/Feb 2009
3 - Nov 2008
1- I want to share my story
2- I honestly think I could be pretty good. It is going to be an ocean...surf board...you know a little Jack J flavor. Sigh...I sooo love him!
3- I work around several people with a huge vocabulary, not to mention my siblings...ya, the campfire vocabulary sessions are intense.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
That I get to vote
My fun art class!! See pics above...
Sunday, November 2, 2008
hayden carvin away
martha and her sister camille
This weekend started with a fantastic Halloween. Hayden was a Bronco's football player (the boys need to start winning again), and Emma was a witch (a pretty one with purple eyeshadow and mascara which she cried off for a reason that I cannot recall). The kids trick or treated with Kory and then made it home to do do the official count. Kory and I tested all of the best candy for razor blades. I did find an extremely stale kitkat. It was terrible. No child should have to experience that. Emma's cute friend Alvera (87 years old) made her a candy train. It was sa weeeet!!! We love Alvera.