30 August 2014

What to Do...

I've been doing some researching lately...

How to go gray...

Don't know why I'm feeling the way I've been feeling but I'm just tired of going and paying to cover my roots...and then watching them come back...and then being annoyed...and then it's time for my next appointment.

So how does one just let it go and revert to their natural hair color without hating the process?

Most places say to go short to help out the timeline...

Ummm...I am not my daughters...I do not think I can pull off the short haircut...

But...I'm still mulling this over...

Am I too young?  Does it matter?  Will I stick with it?

Hmmm.....dunno....

29 August 2014

Flashback Friday


December 2010

Leanna

28 August 2014

Quarter of a Century!!!

25 years ago...I officially became a mom.

I say officially because as soon as I knew I was pregnant, I was a mom.

It's Brittany's 25th birthday!!!

Here's her birthday selfie...although...she did not take it at the time of her birth...so...she's in minor trouble for that...


And here, well...I'm not quite sure what's going on...but she was doing something fun with her sister...so...there's that...


And then...her favorite marketing team EVER made a special birthday photo for her...


Happy Birthday Britt!

Sure glad you are mine!!!








27 August 2014

Let's Get This Started...

K.  Here we go.  Time to empty the "Blog" folder on the desktop...so we'll start with a bunch of pictures and then we'll get into blogging about stuff from my trip...and some other thoughts along the way...  Baby step my way back into blogging regularly...thanks for hanging in...and if I've blogged any of these pictures...oh well.  I know some of them are new.

Back in the beginning of July, Doug went to Texas for three weeks for work.  I had all these plans about what to do while he was gone (you know, cuz i didn't learn that that doesn't work when he went to alaska in may...)...  I did do some of them.  I went to State College...didn't find all the things I was shopping for, but I also did manage to get a theatre all to myself... I mean, a matinee price for an entire theatre?

Went and watched 'America...Imagine a World Without Her'.  It was long...interesting...but long.  Parts made me uncomfortable.  That is fine.  It made me think.  I'll take that.  It's worth watching.


This is where Doug stayed for his three weeks in the heat.  It's a company house.


This thing...I love.  I mean, I love.  It makes me laugh.  Over and over and over.


This was a sad moment...because I turned on the garbage disposal and heard a bad sound...hurry and turn it off..thinking...dang it...that's a piece of silverware...  But it was not!!!  It was my little 1/4 cup measuring cup.  I used this little guy more than any other measuring device I own.  And, in the weeks since, I have opened that drawer to get it out a few times...and then I remember...it is gone.  *sigh*


Here is my nephew John, and his family...on that "Dress like a cow" day at Chick-fil-a...they got free food.  And they are cool.


Here's LaNae with our nephew Taylor...


I follow this perfectsayings thing on instagram...there will be a few from them that I post...because they humor me...


Here's my niece's family...my great-nieces and great-nephews...and the dog...which another niece absolutely LOVED when he came to a family picnic...  She thought for sure it was Scooby-Doo and she LOVES LOVES LOVES Scooby-Doo...


An conversation that Kim and I have had...and someone made a picture of it...


Took this one after eating lunch with a friend...she looked at the sign and said, "What is we i.d.?"  Then realized what she said and laughed because then she got it...  I laughed because you can tell when the mormon ladies are in there...


Some cookies I made for delivery...


Some awesome treats a lady at church made for a dance...that is a bunch of m&m's in the bottom of the plastic goblet and then a cupcake on top... Smart!


A perfect explanation of the parts of a popsicle....

Here was the trip I was about to drive...by myself...


Yeah...a struggle of mine...


I like a good hotel room...but when it's just me, I have difficulty justifying spending a lot on a room...so I do my best to find a good bed for the lowest price I can...and this was my favorite "cheap" hotel room.  It had a padded window seat!  And couch area...and the bed was awesome.


And this little girl could be my exercise buddy...


Nebraska...the never-ending state...


The gas station that saved me from being stranded on the side of the road because I was busy talking on the phone and not watching my 'miles to empty' gauge and keeping my NE/WY exits in mind...


My little great-niece and great-nephew... I love the expressions...


Aidan... 12th man!!!


There's my former home...  I really love all the trees out here...


That's it for now...


26 August 2014

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Sometimes, life smacks you right across the face and heart with bad things.

That would be today.

And then, your big brother posts a video of himself and his neighbor doing the ice water challenge together.

And it made me smile.

And I'm grateful for that smile because...there's just sad horrible stuff in the world.  And when it touches people you love...it makes for a heavy heart.  So.  I asked for the video so I could blog it and he sent it to me.  Thanks Dan...

video


And...because...I want to...  Remember my Kim's personal water challenge...$5...Click HERE....





24 August 2014

Water...Almost Everywhere...

There's this ice water challenge going on...dumping a bucket of ice water on oneself and then making a donation to ALS research...

My first thought when I saw video clips starting to pop up was how that's nothing...this past spring, people all over this area were jumping in the river, streams, swimming pools...when it was frickin' cold out there...and they were completely going in the water for some cold water challenge.

But.  This ice water challenge has gotten a lot of publicity.  And a lot of donations.

Which is a good thing.

Because if you have ALS, that's not a great way to go out.

Then, today...I see a post my daughter put on facebook...and since she's trying to make a difference, I'll put it here also...  Good job Kim.

Here's what she wrote:

With all the water bucket challenges going on for ALS, it reminded me of charity: water
I've been wanting to start a fund raiser thing for charity: water for awhile. Seeing everyone dump clean water onto themselves, then donate to another charity made me want to donate money towards others who don't have such easy or no access to clean water.
I am trying to raise $1,000 in 129 days. I have donated $20, they matched the first donation.
I'm challenging all of my friends to donate $5 to charity: Water
You have 129 days.

Click HERE.



23 August 2014

57 Years...

57 years ago, in 1957, my mom and dad went to the Salt Lake Temple and got married.

Ten children later...lots of ups and downs, including burying one of their sons, their earthly marriage ended in 1997 when my mom was killed by a drunk driver.

16 years later, when my dad's heart and body said enough of this earthly sick crap, they were finally reunited.

And today...I think of them.

I went to the Palmyra Temple with Doug today.  As we were walking in, I thought of my mom...walking into a different temple all those years ago... I thought of their faces in the group photo after they were married where dad was getting ready to kiss my mom...

They were kissers.

Like...they kissed...  All the time.  He'd come home from work and there'd be a mini make out session going on right there inside the front door.  Every.  Day.

And as a little kid, you'd moan and groan...but it was nice.  Not that I'd sit there and stare, but there is a certain security that goes along with knowing that your parents are still into each other.

Not that they had a perfect marriage.

But...  We got to see love.

I grew up KNOWING that my mom absolutely loved and adored my dad.

I saw the grief that, at times, consumed my dad after mom's death.  The realization that grew about how much he missed her and all she had brought to his daily life.

It was difficult watching him miss her.

But today?  It's all good.  It's a celebration of their love and decision to get married and start their family together.

So...signing off...the two ways mom would sign letters, cards, etc:

Rob, Jan & clan

Jan, Rob & mom