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