Monday, October 20, 2014

Where's Lenny Lee . . . Birthday Bash

Today, a special friend of mine is turning 15, and I wanted to give a shout out:

Happy Birthday
Lenny!

I have known Lenny (via blogging) for almost 5 years now, and it has been a privilege to be even the teensiest part of his life. He spreads sunshine wherever he goes. I only have to see his name to start grinning because that's how powerful his influence is. He inspires me to be better. To be happier. To see the good in others. Thank you, Lenny! Thank you for being my friend!

If you don't know Lenny, you should go meet him (he blogs HERE). Like, now. Okay, maybe like in a few minutes, because you don't want to miss what comes next.

Lenny, just for you, because I love you that much, I have prepared a vlog. A VLOG! I'm afraid it's hard to hear, for which I apologize, but anyway . . . ENJOY! (Seriously YouTube? You made THAT the thumbnail? *sigh*)



We all love and miss you Lenny! Please (super pretty please with sugar and a cherry on top!) come back to blogging!!

Or, as my personalized-license-plate-infatuated-self would say:  CUMBACK

Monday, October 13, 2014

This vs. That: Snowboarding vs. Skiing

So I haven't done this in forever, but I'm feeling in the mood for something light and fun, so here we go. Drumroll, please!

Skiing? Snowboarding? What did the masses choose? . . .

Total votes: 13

Snowboarding: 5 votes; 38%
Skiing: 8 votes; 62%
I voted skiing because I have never been snowboarding, but I'm kindof curious to try it. And at the same time, maybe not interested enough to give up my skis. Because I'm pretty good on skis. So why give up proficiency to learn something new, right? Okay, not right, but there we are.

How about you? If given the chance, would you try something new, or go with the tried and true? Gee, maybe that should be the next This vs. That! (Except I have a better one . . .)



Royals
 
vs.
 
Orioles

Monday, October 6, 2014

Controlling our Destinies

"Our decisions determine our destiny." ~Thomas S. Monson

There is so much in life that we can't control. So much that seems to affect who we are, who we will become, and in fact, our very destinies. I heard a snippet of an interview on NPR with an actor from The Seventy's Show, and they were talking about how much there is out of our control that determines our "success." (I put success in quotes, because that's a matter of definition, isn't it?)

The interviewer commented that making it big is not just about getting out there and working hard. He knows plenty of people who have been there working hard for a lot of years. People who have worked just as hard if not harder than the ones who DID make it big. So it's not just about work. It's about work, and luck, and timing, and the stars aligning, and Jupiter being in its 3rd rotation of the 5th lunar cycle and blah, blah, blah.

I've been thinking about this a lot this past week. In truth, we can work hard and never achieve that "success" that we all dream of. So much of that is out of our control.

But we can control our destinies. How do we react when we get that rejection? Do we throw our notebook across the room and refuse to ever write another word? Do we scream and rant and blame others for not giving us what we wanted? For sabotaging us? Or do we pick our tarnished pride up off the floor, wipe away the dust and move onward? Learn from experience?

Most of us will probably never make it big. But that doesn't mean we can't have bright destinies and leave a trail of shining good in our wake. It doesn't mean that we can't leave the world just a little better than we found it through our actions.

Because we can control that. We can control how we act and react to everything we face . . . good and bad. And that is what determines our destinies.

Have you ever felt proud for how you reacted in a bad situation?

Monday, September 29, 2014

In Which the Ten-Year-Old Takes Over

Today, I am going to turn my blog over to my ten-year-old. He is a devourer of books, and tells me he could talk about books for days and days. So without further ado, here he is:

I find books very fascinating because they are able to take you to places you wouldn't be able to go in real life. And when you are focused on a book, it starts to come alive in your mind. Pictures soaring through your thoughts. Personally, I prefer realistic fiction, and fantasy, and historical fiction.
I also enjoy mystery books. A to Z Mysteries are especially enjoyable. I find it quite interesting because in the mysteries they start asking the questions about who it could be and then they take their thoughts into an experiment and go through it like the scientific method.
My favorite book is called ICE FIRE by Chris D'Lacey which is the 2nd book of the Last Dragon trilogy. It is a very enjoyable book and when you read it, it feels like you are entirely swept away to another world.
For generations a family has created clay dragons that live and breathe fire. They can create these dragons because they are descendants of the last dragon. Then one day, a young boy comes to them as an exchange college student, and he discovers their secret. Later on during ICE FIRE, a witch tries to force the family to create her a real dragon, unlike the clay ones. The young boy is caught up in an enchantment by this witch and has to find his way out and save the day.
The reason I like ICE FIRE is because it doesn't reveal everything that's going on in the beginning. It kept me turning pages because I wanted to find out what was going on.

What is your favorite book? Why?

Monday, September 22, 2014

Sunny Days to Come

On the drive from Utah to Missouri, we had this gorgeous view:

 My camera is slow, and by the time the picture took, there was that car. But I kind of love the picture more for that. In life, we all face dark times.

Maybe we have family troubles. Maybe we have health issues. Maybe someone we love is struggling.

Whatever it is, whatever we are going through, there is always light at the end. Sunny days will come. That rainbow will light our way. Things will get better.

I can't help but look at this picture and smile for the good things to come.

Stay strong, my friends! Things will get better.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Summer is Over

Hello! I'm back! Summer has ended and time has sped up. In fact, I blinked and now it's the middle of September. Crazy!
 
Now I'm trying to remember what I actually did this summer. Let's see . . . 
  • I worked.
  • I drove a quarter of the way across the country.
  • I went to a symphony in the mountains (Disney theme)
  •  
  • I went to my 20 year High School Reunion (yes, I am that old).
  • I worked some more.
  • I played some soccer.
  • I chauffeured my kids around.
  • I worked even more.
. . . and gosh this list is boring. So instead of babbling on, I'll just bid you all a happy halloo!
 
 What have you all been up to?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Summer Break!

Summer is now in full swing, and rather than fight, I've decided to succumb and embrace the crazy. So I'll be taking a blogging break from now to the end of August.

In the mean time, here are some summer pictures to enjoy:

The last day of school:


The Drive-in:


Fireworks:


And of course, Ice Cream!


Have a great summer!