December 26, 2011

Family

These 2 were made to be a part of each other's lives and I am so glad that I was able to be a small part of this!

Their story aired on KSL on the 10:00 p.m. news and I even got to have my own 2 seconds of fame as well.


This was the best experience I have been able to have working where I do.  Being able to be a part of this adoption really put into perspective for me what I am doing and what I am trying to accomplish.  These kids can learn to be part of a family and can learn to be loved as part of that family, unconditionally.

Work can be SO challenging some days, but these good moments and even the smallest successes make this kind of work so worth it!


"To love people, to be indispensable somewhere, that is the purpose of life.  That is the secret of happiness."

December 23, 2011

Dear, December

December has been good to me.  Somehow we've made it through without really any snow to slip and slide through!

Black Friday was a hit.  I got a few good deals around 9 a.m.  Thanksgiving night at 10:30 p.m. I persuaded Luke to check out Walmart with me.  He obviously was excited.
Well, it was a bit crazy in there and I realized that I really had no desire to ever stand in those long lines and push through the crowds.

As is tradition, I decorated for Christmas on Black Friday as well.  
Yes, this is the extent of my decorations.
I've been busy crafting away!
I made all of the cute ornaments for our tree.  

I also made the tree skirt.  I NEVER thought I'd enjoy busting out the sewing machine.  I still don't love sewing, and on many occasions I got so frustrated with the machine that I was ready to chuck it across the room.  But, ya know... I'm proud of what I've done.
I absolutely adore the fabric, and the buttons!  Unfortunately there are some things about this project that aren't so great.  Like, the fact that the buttons are sewed on sloppy because I wasn't really sure how to make it look nice.  Also, the hole in the middle isn't measured- I just free handed that baby.  Also, I am still without an iron, which as my mom keeps telling me, really doesn't help when you are sewing. Woops!

Luke and I went to see the lights at Temple Square:

I feel bad because I was kind of grouchy that night.

Also, the Mormon Tabernacle Christmas Concert with Jane Seymour (Luke's crush, kind of mine too).
The quality of my pictures is horrible! (sorry) But the concert was fabulous!

(Jane Seymour is that small lady in the red dress)

And then of course, more time with these cute girls:










December 1, 2011

3 things

Music anyone?

One thing I'd recommend is the Glad Christmas Tidings CD with David Archuleta and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.  I LOVE it, and everyone already knows that I love David A.  His voice is so simple and beautiful.  This would be the Christmas CD I bought this year. Did I mention that I got to see this performed?

Also, I've been previewing this all night...I pretty much love this and would really love to own it as well.


I also love this:
I found a great online tutorial and think I'll make some for my little friends.
I've been in a total fabric mood lately.  I find myself wanting to buy tons of fabulous fabric with no idea of what to do with it....so, I actually had to pull out the sewing machine.  Luke had to help me figure out how to use it and thread it, and do the bobbin thing, etc. What patience he has...
So anyway, I've been working on some things.  I'll be sure to post when they are finished!


November 10, 2011

everyone is a genius, but...


love these words

“I don't want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails. 
I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp. 
I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbors children. 
I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone's garden. 
I want to be there with children's sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder. 
I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived.” 
 Marjorie Pay Hinckley
I read this right after I helped to clean a woman's house; it was pretty nasty.  But, I read this and instantly fell in love with service and doing more for and with others and worrying less about the rest.  It's not living to be holed up in your house worrying about yourself.

snow

We took the time to catch a few snowflakes late one night.  Snow is always so exciting...in the beginning, that is.  Another two snowfalls and I'll have had enough :)


Incidentally, this was right after we came home from the movies.  What an interesting crowd is all I've gotta say.  Luke and I arrived kind of late so we had no other choice than to sit in the third row.  It ended up that a group of individuals who reeked of smoke and dirty clothes walked in and got front row seats.  They were kind of an interesting crowd to observe.

I noticed the two girls in front of me laughing and whispering to each other as they were watching something going on at the front corner of the theater.  I heard the words "He just peed".....
One of the guys from the front row had walked over to a small hallway with 5 stairs leading to an exit door.  I looked over just in time to see him readjusting his pants.  He proceeded to sit on the stairs and smoke a joint/cigarette???  Not sure which one, but it didn't smell like a cigarette.

I feel like I've got tons of great stories to tell ever since I moved to South Salt Lake.  Seriously guys, you should try it.  At last come visit.  I feel like those poor souls who have visited have great stories to tell as well, my dad in particular.

I'll really miss this one day...

November 9, 2011

fleece sheets

Monday night I felt really achy and had the chills; I just couldn't get warm.  I blasted up the heater and read my book while I laid right in front of it.  Luke said he was going to go back to the bedroom to work on some homework.  A few minutes later I decided I should go to bed early.  When I went into the bedroom, there was Luke, putting the fleece sheets onto our bed so I'd be warm.  He was even tucking them in all around the mattress just like I like.

Sometimes, I just LOVE him.

November 5, 2011

halloween

We celebrated Halloween by attending the ward "Trunk or Treat".  I put on that witches hat of mine and Luke put on his nice work outfit and off we went.  After about 5 minutes, Luke left for work, but I stayed for the hot dogs and candy of course!
 We carved pumpkins!



 Pretty good, eh?

November 3, 2011

October 30, 2011

park city

We went to Park City for a night.  It was a great little getaway and even better since it was Luke's idea
(usually it's me begging for some type of vacation)!
Luke took this picture of me eating fudge.  The fudge fell on the ground and I picked it up and ate it (very unlike me), but fudge is soo expensive I bet it was $2 worth of chocolate that I didn't waste!

 Yummy breakfast...food coma.
 We're kindof funny I guess.

 I love watching Luke shop for shoes.  First of all, he's a size 13 and he tries on the craziest things.  He ended up buying that nice little black pair with the blue and pink.

Anyway..I thought I got a few more pictures, but I really didn't.  We just did the normal Park City Shopping, ate good food, lounged around, and came home!

girl's day

I LOVE Sundays with these girls!
(today we made carmel apples..yum)




October

This month has come and gone so fast!
I had my first experience riding Trax.  It was one crowded ride.  I had the opportunity to attend the Relief Society General Broadcast at the Conference Center with my friend/coworker Bethanie.
Made a "Fall" craft for my neighbor.

Spent time with Braden and Gentry!  We celebrated Braden's 23rd birthday! And said so long to G as he left for his 2 year LDS mission to Paris, France.  We're excited for him!

I also spent time with Shea.  She got a new car! What?! So excited for her!


And we made some crafts.  Love that we can turn a wreath like this...
 into one like this.

October 12, 2011

it's that type of day

Where I buy Jamba Juice for myself on the way home from work because well, I deserve it.

Seriously, how tough does a day of work have to be and since when do schools suspend kids for sleeping in class? Which, by the way, kids can be SO much smarter than adults sometimes.
 Example: If you piss the teacher off, he/she will let you go home!   Then it becomes a daily pattern and the teachers stand around and think, "Why do they keep doing that?"  Well, because you are giving them what they want. Nice job.


I've pretty much spent my life savings on Jamba Juice this past month.  I love their holiday Pumpkin Smash smoothie.  But I add peanut butter; it's thicker.  (p.s. I'm a peanut butter smoothie girl).  Luke and I each get our own little allowance each month to spend on whatever we want.  Usually I save up my pennies to buy clothes that I just can't resist, but NO, it's all been going to Jamba.  Although I love it, WHAT a WASTE!  I probably shouldn't carry cash around.  Also, I still believe that one day my future includes managing a smoothie business.  Doesn't that sound fun? Stress free?  What could be better than making someone's day with a smoothie?

October 2, 2011

Karmin

Karmin. One of the best cover bands. Just sayin'.
I came across the cover they did for Someone Like You by Adele, and of course fell in love because the song is amazing for one thing, but I liked listening to them.

But they do covers for other songs as well and they are just so talented and have a lot of personality.  One of my favorites is the cover they did for Chris Brown's "Look at me now".  Seriously, it's great.  Look them up.

more crafts

This weekend I did my Halloween crafts since it's now October! I can't even believe it!
Just my little spider's web and my 2 little furry spider friends.



 I'm ready for Halloween! Now I just need to figure out what to do for a costume...

September 18, 2011

this is what i made

I've been busy this past week.
I made yummy peach and raspberry freezer jam.
This is my favorite quote.  I finally did something so that I could display it.
I've been working on this afghan for over a year, but I got in some good crocheting time this past week.  
Oh, and it turns out, that when you own a glue gun, there are lots of things you can make...
like headbands and magnets.

But, you can also make this:
I loved making this! The flowers are just made out of felt.  
I started with buying a wreath for $1.50 at D.I.
Here it is...
I tore off the berries
and started glueing.