Sunday, December 23, 2012
Posted by Sharon/Mom/ Grandma at 3:56 PM
Sunday, December 16, 2012
We started packing!!! Hooray!! We will start moving back officially on December 31st, 2 WEEKS and 2 DAYS. We are excited we can hardly stand it. I think that is the only thing that is getting me through NO decorations and no family except my parents for Christmas. We got all the holiday stuff up in the in our attic at Idaho Street and a lot of other stuff in the high attic there also. It felt so good. I have packed all the Tea party stuff, salt shakers, and all my breakables in the Sewing room. I also packed the whole sewing room, except for the machines and some basics in case there is a sewing need before then. Finished all the Christmas stuff on Tuesday and got it mailed off that day. It felt good. Am packing every day now, going through and getting rid of things. Had the back of my van full of bags and boxes that I took to St. Vinnies. It is feeling gooood! Almost every day is packing or sorting now.
We had our Christmas party last night. The Primary was in charge I found out less than a month ago. It went wonderful, but next year I will plan a little better.
Yesterday was an interesting experience. I wrote about my fast I had, well since then I have been focusing on enjoying the moment and being pretty successful. I have pretty much accepted the speed with which things are going. Yesterday at the end of the day I was so happy I could hardly stand it. As I wrote in my journal, it was a great day! But as I wrote I realized it wasn't a great day. I wasn't depressed as I wrote, more amazed at the way the end of the day made the whole day seem great. It went like this. I got up and exersized, so far so good, then stared making cookies and brownies (for the Branch Christmas party). Was exhausted so took a much needed break (it was a very physical week) watched a cute Hallmark Christmas movie, kept feeling like I should take my shower then finish the movie-didn't listen to the prompting-then the phone rang. It was one of our vacation renters, I had forgotten to tell our cleaning lady to go in and it was one of the times they had paid for cleaning. It was just about 1 1/2 hours before we had to leave to go to the church. Remember, I hadn't showered since Thursday, and it is Saturday, I had done the elliptical-sweaty- plus greasy hair by now. I call the cleaning lady and her car is in the shop, no way to get down to the house to clean. I have to take her. I jump in the car to her house which is in Newport, about 7 or 8 min away-got back to our vacation rental, remember how I look, go to the door, apologize in person. Fly back home with 20 minutes to get dressed, no time for a shower, I still have to pack my cookies and brownies. I call someone else to pick up the Santa suit, because now there is no time for us to do that (I acutally had that all covered then our Santa canceled at the last minute) I have a tension headache by now. Now I have about 10 minutes to put on my makeup, clean clothes on my dirty body, (thank goodness I had planed to wear my Santa Hat!!) and roar out of the house with Steve to pick up one of our sweet primary boys that we have adopted so to speak. Steve drops us off, runs back to our rental to pick up the cleaning lady and take her home. I start setting up with Merlin (he's my 11 year old adoptee) wondering where my counselors are. After about 15 minutes one of them shows up, her son helps us and her husband goes to get the Santa suit. Still no 2nd counselor. Then we look for table cloths, we find some Christmassy ones that don't really fit, but oh well they work. We go to get the cups and etc, NO CUPS!! Debbie my counselor calls her husband to pick up some cups on his way back to the church. In the meantime my other counselor finally comes in and she has no decorations. We ask as sweetly as we can where they are, and she said they are supposed to be there. Nope they aren't. Oh well too late worry about that. People start coming we are all set up but no Pianist! I call Chris and she says "I'm coming" in a very lackadaisical tone of voice. Then the party starts, I ask the branch Pres if he is conducting, he says"no you're in charge". Okay I ask Steve to say the opening prayer, I realize I am going to lead our singing time. By now I am acutally starting ot relax and having a really good time. Santa comes in and we hit the jackpot!!! He better never move as long as I am Primary Pres. (his wife is my amazing counselor, so I really don't want them to move). He was the best Santa I have ever seen. He actually talked to the kids walked around and talked to the adults quickly and then we all yelled goodbye to him. Everyone ate, I got to visit with all my Primary kids and the adults. We had yummy treats and plenty of them. It was a success. Everyone loved it and lots of people stayed and cleaned up. On our way home we took the stuff out of the back of my car that went in the high attic at Idaho street, and kept looking at each other like two little kids on Christmas morning, talking about the move back. All the way home I kept saying "I am soooo Happy!!!" I learned that in the end, everything always works out, one by one everything came together just at the right time. I also thought it was interesting that I had totally forgotten how the day was actually kind of hard. When the day was over it felt great. I told the primary kids today in Sharing time that the reason I as so happy, ( I told them a VERY abbreviated version) was because I was serving and when we serve we feel the love and light of Christ. Our sharing time was about Christ being the "life and the light".
I am grateful Heavenly Father loves us so much that he gives us learning experiences. I love my calling. I feel privileged to serve these great little kids. It helps with the grandma ache I get off and on when I look at the blogs.
love you all!!!
Posted by Sharon/Mom/ Grandma at 6:06 PM
Monday, December 3, 2012
My life right now has 3 big things. Getting ready to move, WW's having a new program and tons of reading, studying, test taking and etc, and last but not least, Primary.
I found out 2 weeks ago that the Primary is in charge of the Christmas party. Thank goodness for an amazing counselor who loves the internet and is always coming up with new ideas. Some days it's overwhelming, but lately I have decided to look at her as my idea woman. She's my Jarad of the Brother of Jarad story. It's great I've decided. (I am not comparing me to the brother of Jarad!!!!) Then there is the whole getting ready for the New year, bulliten boards the theme and etc.
So combine all that with regular chores and Christmas and I was going to bed crying every night as I would hit my knees to say my night time prayer. I have all but quit watching TV unless it's a movie with Steve at night. I havn't been able to talk to people as much on the phone, and leisure has disappeared. So as I would get down to say my prayers I would be so overwhelmed by all I have to do and feeling like I wasn't getting anywhere that it was getting really stressful and quite frankly depressing in a way I haven't been in a long time.
Saturday as fast Sunday approached I thought, "what do I want to fast about. I felt strongly (Holy Ghost telling you strongly) that I was to fast about how to get everything done and not be depressed. So I did. I listened carefully to the Testimonies and got some thoughts. Then during the 1st Pres Christmas Message the answer came. I have noticed for sometime that Pres. Monson says that it is possible to be happy in hard times, and I have generally looked at life in a positive vein. But Sunday it hit me in a way it never had, all 3 of them talked about looking for the blessings in a little different way. I realized that what I needed to do was when I got down to say my prayers and when I write in my journal I need to thank Heavenly Father for all the good things that happened that day. Not think about all the things I still have to do and what I didn't get done. Instead I just started thanking Heavenly Father for everything that specifically went well that day, not just the normal things. I came to know in a way I never have before that when Pres Monson says there are more good things in our lives than bad, he is RIGHT!!!! I went on and on, and then this morning and through the day I thought of even more things that went well yesterday. There truly are way more things that go good in a day, not the generic, grateful things that are always there, but lots of little things and big things that don't happen every day. I woke up with a happy spirit.
Love you all!!
Posted by Sharon/Mom/ Grandma at 9:19 PM
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The holiday season is going to be different this year. No chillins and grandbabies. For Thanksgiving we are having my parents and two of my cousins that I have only met one other time. One is married and has a 10 year old girl, the other is single. They are 2 of my Aunt Leona's children. It should be nice. I am making all the food and my mom is making all the treats. Which means we will be doing about the same number of things :-).
I won't be decorating much this year as we are moving back to our "beloved" as Steve would say, Idaho Street home! Yay!!! So since I like to decorate big, and that takes a week at least and then a few days taking it all down, I won't be decorating much. I think maybe the tree and a Santa... or maybe 2? It will be hard for me, but I have lots to do. I want to go through every drawer, cupboard, and closet so we don't take what won't fit as well as what we don't need! I am actually excited about that. I also am going to paint my sewing room down there before we move and a few other odds and ends. I have primary to do also and of course everyday life, soooo busy busy busy! Because of that I think with the exception of Scarlet I will be sending everyone a check for Christmas this year. Well, that's all for today! Love you all!!
Posted by Sharon/Mom/ Grandma at 5:46 PM
Saturday, November 17, 2012
This is a tea pot that Rebecca's family got me for my b-day.
When Rebecca and the girls gave me this I thought it was so beautiful, but I was so tired from babysitting that it didn't occur to me the connection of Alice and the " tea party". I had to laugh at myself that it took me so long to connect the two of it being a tea party scene and I would be using it for the tea parties!
This year I went to a party with some WW friends on Halloween .
Well, I need to get busy, so I will post the other presents another day. Love you all!!!
Posted by Sharon/Mom/ Grandma at 11:34 AM
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Well, I have lots to blog, but am probably only going to blog a little. Chef Brad has started again...ahhh love that show. It motivates me to eat well, and to try to incorporate more grains in my food. Lizzie got me some GREAT grain cookbooks for my b-day. They are written like a novel. I love them. They really motivate me. I am hoping to start cooking more things like that.
I have been reading the Happiness Project. It is really good. I realized that I don't do things I really love. One thing I realized is I do like to cook, but I don't do fun new things. I just cook boring things. I watch chef brad make these cool breads and I get all excited and want to do them. It is weird how hard it is for me to do things I love. I love to paint, but am afraid to do it on my own unless I am taking a class. So why don't I take a class? I love to sew for myself- why don't I? I love to take pictures, now that it's easier to post them, I need to take pics and post them.
I have decided it is about habits and routines. At WW's this coming year, one of the things they are going to focus on is routines. I have thought a lot about that. I got about 8 pounds above goal for the first time in almost a year. That really threw me and puzzled me. When I started reading the new focus on routines I really I realized that my routines were interrupted so many times since June that I couldn't seem to get back into my routine. I stared to think about routines in general. If doing fun things are not a part of your routine, you won't do them. So I am going to try to figure out which thing I want to incorporate first and make it happen.
One of my counselors in Primary (Joy King) told me that she never does her hobbies unless she wants too. She say's if she makes herself do them it becomes work. But it was clear, being in her two room craft area that she does do things she loves. So normally I would go into the sewing room and sew Mach nine with my hair on fire to finish Brighton's quilt. But when Joy said that I thought I am going to sew when I am in the mood. It has been so much fun. I stopped when I was tired. I have wanted to sew more than I have, but again I seem to cheat myself of fun. So that is what I am going to work on this year more than the 50 thousand things she does in her book (the happiness project lady) I am going to start recognizing and doing things I love. And I am going to remember I am doing it for me and that is a good thing.
I think when you have a big family and you spend so much time serving, it is hard to change gears and say it's okay to do something for me, or something for someone else but take time to enjoy it. Plan far enough ahead to be able to enjoy the process. Well, duty is calling. love you all!
Posted by Sharon/Mom/ Grandma at 8:41 PM
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Well, I was doing the dishes after watching Fox News for most of the day feeling very depressed. Thinking this ranks right up there with one of the most depressing things I have ever experienced, Mitt Romney losing the election. Then my mind thought, no it's not that bad, but still very depressing. Then for some reason my heart started to feel lighter. I thought of some of the things that have happened in our family that have been really bad, Amy's cancer, Danielle, Clay, and Scarlet getting Lyme disease. There are other things more personal. I can think of nations that suffer tremendously. Do I think our country is headed down the wrong road? YES I DO! But is the gospel still true? YES. Do I have a family that loves me and each other? YES I DO! I could go on and on.
Pres. Monson Said: "We live in a unique time in the world’s history. We are blessed with so very much. And yet it is sometimes difficult to view the problems and permissiveness around us and not become discouraged. I have found that, rather than dwelling on the negative, if we will take a step back and consider the blessings in our lives, including seemingly small, sometimes overlooked blessings, we can find greater happiness.
My brothers and sisters, the Lord is in all of our lives. He loves us. He wants to bless us. He wants us to seek His help. As He guides us and directs us and as He hears and answers our prayers, we will find the happiness here and now that He desires for us. May we be aware of His blessings in our lives
Posted by Sharon/Mom/ Grandma at 11:02 PM
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Today was a good day as all Sundays are, this week was more relaxing than last week. Last week was our program
It turned out really well, we got lots of meaningful comments. I don't know if that is because it really was exceptional, or if it's because we have older people who are more thoughtful, but anyway it was a wonderful experience. We had every child participate, one of the blessings of a branch. All of our seniors gave talks and our juniors said a sentence. Even our two autistic boys read a sentence. It was great!
One day in Primary I found out at the last second our nursery leader wasn't' going to be there, I looked at Steve and said I need you, find another man to help you. Is this not about the cutest thing you have ever seen!?
Posted by Sharon/Mom/ Grandma at 8:40 PM
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Posted by Sharon/Mom/ Grandma at 2:14 PM
Friday, October 26, 2012
It was a great day.
Posted by Sharon/Mom/ Grandma at 10:00 PM
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
I loved conference this year. I loved Pres Monson and Pres Uctdorf's talk. I have started asking myself if I will "regret it" if I don't do "this"? I wish I could tell you that I succeeded every time that I think that question, but at least I'm starting to think about it.
I took a pic of me in front of my laptop, I hate to say it but it sure makes me look old!! Oh well, I am almost 56! I actually feel very young for that age.
We had a realtors open house today. Four realtors showed up, so that is 4 more that have seen our house. Hopefully Romney will win and then people won't be afraid to buy house. Our realtor said that her clients are waiting to buy until after the election. So who knows maybe we might get someone to see our house in a couple of weeks.
Been working on Brightons quilt. I am so excited about it. will blog it when I get done with it.
We had our Primary program this last week. It went really well. We got some really wonderful comments from people. Because our primary is so small, everyone got to speak. All of our seniors and one junior got to give a talk. Even our autistic boys said a line. It was great.
Well, Steve and I are going on a small trip for my b-day. We are driving down to Yachats and staying down at our house on Idaho street! I know that sounds dorky, but we are going to leave our work at home, watch movies, walk on the beach, get me a present at the little kitchen store and maybe go to Florence. We are going to stay two nights.
Had a great time babysitting Lizzie's kids, spending time with with Rebecca and her girls when they came to Lizzie's, seeing Amy's new house and helping her to organize her kitchen (Amy, and my weird obsession that gives a high :-) ). great time at Megans after Brighton was born, my sister visiting, the reunion, Rebecca and Steves sealing. playing with Miles and Ruby when Jacob and Steve went fishing. A busy and wild summer. I am sure I forgot something, but it was a very busy and fun filled summer.
Well, love you all!!
Posted by Sharon/Mom/ Grandma at 8:11 PM
Sunday, September 9, 2012
They had this fun thing where you could hunt for different things and get a bookmark if you found them all. Ruby and Miles got one. :-) Miles is all boy, I love it. We built a house or structure out of these cool Styrofoam blocks.
Ruby is growing up, watching Music videos on the computer!
We also ate out at a fun organic restaurant. All in all a great and fun trip!
Posted by Sharon/Mom/ Grandma at 7:07 PM
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
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Friday, July 20, 2012
Steve went tuna fishing today. His goal was to bring home 10. Heavenly Father knew better, I could only handle 5. I am trying to get the house ready and clean for the realtor to come on Saturday morning. I have been a little stressed to put it mildly. So here I am sitting in the garage at 11:34 minding the pressure canner. I am actually very grateful. I love having a ton of canned tuna in my pantry. It makes me feel very secure. I love sharing it with my family also. i have a few close friends that get it also. There is also a good 2 1/2 hours of set up and prep time to get the tuna in the jars. It is much nicer at our other house because I can go back and forth from the house to the kitchen and do a few things in the early stages. I have to admit, it is nice to not be able to leave the canner also. I watched almost a whole season of a tv series one year. It's one of those what I call guilt free zones. You can't do anything else so you sit mind the canner and watch a movie or as I am doing now catching up on my blog. Now if I weren't so tired I would probably do WW work or Beach house work, but a girl has to take a break once in a while!
Well, the last month has been a very busy one. Almost one month to the day ago, Rebecca and Steve were sealed in the LA Temple. It was very special. The Lord blessed them with a wonderful sealer. He was soft spoken and taught us some wonderful things. I had a hard time picking pics so enjoy... this is after the sealing. They look so happy!!
After I got home I had 4 days to get everything ready for the family reunion. It was my turn this year. I figured out that because I traded with Megan, Steve and I won't be in charge again for 20 years!!! Is that too crazy or what!!! I will be 75 years old. That is just too crazy and hard to think about!!!!
The reunion was really fun. There were 24 people counting Maddie. Unless someone hid it from me, we had no fights or disagreements, it was wonderful. We tried it a different way this year, we went much more simple with the food and it made all the difference. Plus we didn't do as many activities. And most of the activities didn't start until after lunch. It was so much more relaxing. We had way more time to visit and hang on the beach.
We had a sandcastle contest. That was really fun. Way more fun than I thought it would be. We went to the spit and watched fireworks. Had a bonfire, roasted hotdogs and made smores. We then went further out on the beach and did our own fireworks. We went to Strawberry hill to look at tide pools, but decided after the fact that it was a family activity, not a reunion activity..to dangerous. But we did have fun there.We had a fun craft for the kids one afternoon. Someone had built a cool fort before we got there, I wish it would be there every year. The kids had so much fun with it. Steve took all the grandkids out on his boat out into the ocean to pull up crab cages. They all got a turn driving the boat. It was a great time.
Then they all came to our house for another night. Sunday they all left except for Amy and Mike and Danielle and Clay. They left on Sunday afternoon and late afternoon.
Then it was wash,wash, clean and try to put my house together and clean it so we can put it up for sale. I have been hurrying because Megs baby is due any day now. Pretty busy summer. But all good stuff!
I'm losing one of my counselors in Primary. That is always hard in a little branch like ours. There are so few people that can do a calling like that. But I'm sure the Lord will provide.
Well it is very late and I think my canner is cooled down. So I will post more pics later. Love you all!
Posted by Sharon/Mom/ Grandma at 1:37 AM
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Posted by Sharon/Mom/ Grandma at 10:00 PM
Sunday, May 6, 2012
The closer it gets to when we can put our house up for sale the more I ache when I'm down there at the greenhouse. I always go in the house if it isn't booked. It is always hard. Then I read a conference talk and feel sad for not being grateful for what I have now. It's a weird thing.
We have been talking about chickens ALOT lately. I think when we go back to Idaho Street we are going to try our hand at chickens. We are going to try letting them roam the property during the day. We'll see if that works or if they get carried away by some bird or animal. I hope it works I think it would be cool to have true range free, organic chicken eggs. We would have to eat more eggs though!
The sun came out yesterday and today. I hope it lasts, we have had more than our share of wind and rain this year.
I am going to start getting the house ready to sell. Lots of sorting and giving away and throwing away. It is amazing how many things you can disorganize and collect in 3 years!
Last month seemed like such a busy month. I felt like I never got caught up. I watched more news than I think I ever have before. I feel more educated about my political choices than I ever have before. It would be so amazing to have an active Priesthood holder in the White House, I hope it happens.
I have changed my exercise DVD's to a more intense set, and I overdid it and could hardly walk from Wednesday on. I MEAN really truly could hardly walk. My glutes were killing me. needless to say I am going to back off a little. I was shaking and almost throwing up after the workouts on Monday and Tuesday.
Posted by Sharon/Mom/ Grandma at 9:20 PM