Thursday, November 26, 2009

Gratitude - day diecisiete

Happy Thanksgiving!. Today I am most thankful for family, what would Thanksgiving be without families? I'm grateful today for all those who have sacrificed so I can celebrate, worship, work and play as I chose. It was 5 years ago last night that the Triple Deuce was put on activation alert, brave men preparing to leave home and family. I'm so grateful for their safe return, bless them all this Holiday Season.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Gratitude - day dieciséis

Gratitude's for Wednesday: Justin coming for Christmas because I'm really missing him this Thanksgiving!

I'm grateful for a nice hot shower, beautiful blue skies, sunshine, my neighborhood and great neighbors.

Andrew, Eric and pumpkin chocolate chip bread.

My mom.

I'm grateful for Andra and her service, she's amazing, and also for her Whole Wheat Cottage Cheese Roll recipe that I'm making for Thanksgiving dinner.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Gratitude - day quince

Sam, the best visiting teacher ever, putting up Christmas lights with Rick, Michelle and bleach, sunshine, service opportunities. No work again tomorrow, maybe I'll decorate, maybe I'll get a manicure, maybe I'll visit Wet Willies. That's what's so good about a vacation day at home.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Gratitude - day catorce

Grateful that I'm done with the dentist for today, for Baxter getting his Thanksgiving "do" and slipper feet trimmed for the winter,computers, vacation time AT HOME, Youth Corrections tonight (sharing time with Daniel), experiencing the beautiful blue sky and sunshine from inside a warm house, warm house slippers.

I was thinking about the dentist and the difference between now and when I was younger. I had a mean dentist, I mean he was cruel. I hated the shots, so I usually refused to let him give me one (stupidity running rampant on my part). Needless to say the drilling was a killer and I would cry - sometimes I'd cry a lot. I remember one visit when I was crying and I wouldn't stop, he actually put his hand over my mouth to get me to shut-up. In retrospect, I should have taken a chunk out of his chunky hand. Anyway he was MEAN!!! Of course I was a little angel!?!????

His office would call every six months, almost on the dot. My mom worked so they had to call her on Saturday at home. I wouldn't dare say I was "inspired", more likely I had a premonition that a certain Saturday phone call was from the dentist from hell, so I'd go downstairs and ever so quietly pick up the phone and listen to my mom make my appointment.

And, don't ever think for one minute that I forgot when the appointment was scheduled. When the dreaded day arrived, I would either have the flu or a cold, and mom would have to cancel the appointment. All I was really doing was putting off the inevitable. I always had to go at a later date, which only extended my nightmares.

My sweet mom was always so concerned about my health, and so very trusting of her "innocent" daughter, that she never connected the dots. She always believed my "illnesses". It wasn't until years, I mean YEARS later, that I finally confessed. She was actually surprised. She has told me since then that she feels bad she didn't change dentists because I was so afraid of ours. I went about 17 years in between visits years ago. I now have a great dentist, he does a great job and I like him as a person, but he is, after all, still a DENTIST.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Gratitude - day trece

I missed Saturday gratitude's which doesn't mean I wasn't grateful for lots of stuff, just busy cleaning.

Grateful today for a clean house.

The Primary Program at church, it was amazing. The Primary Presidency are a great group, they love the kids and it showed today. Grateful to Joanna Ellis for all her hard work getting the program ready. She'll probably have a really long nap this afternoon.

Old Navy "Just Bottoms".

Sunday afternoon nap, reading, watching TV, whatever.

Moms for dinner tonight. Love to see the family.

NO WORK TOMORROW. Oh, and NO WORK UNTIL NOVEMBER 30TH. Yea, decorate, play and eat this week.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Gratitude - day doce

Gratitude's for today FRIDAY November 20, 2009. I guess you can tell one of my gratitude's for today is that it is Friday. Love my job and those I work with, but Friday's are great.

Grateful today for a cute, weird boy son who loves his grandma so much. For her birthday, he sent her a huge fortune cookie with a fortune inside from him to her. It made her so happy. He's so thoughtful, such fun, and I'm sooooo excited to have him with us for Christmas, can hardly wait.

I'm also grateful today for going to lunch with best friend Renon, we have such a good time together, good conversations, laughter, tears, we share it all.

Had book club last night. I read "Grace" by Richard Paul Evans, good book but kinda sad. Get to start a new book this weekend, "The Lost Symbol". I'm excited.

Vacation time that has to be used by the end of the year. I'm taking all of next week off and I'm excited to get our Christmas stuff out.

I'm grateful for The Book of Mormon and the reading I'm doing. I'll be done by the end of the year, and I'm learning so much.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Gratitude - day once

Gratitudes for today:

Water, love water, I drink close to a gallon each day. Mom says I've done that since I was a child.

My health.

Rick (he's starting the Christmas lights today).

Randy, because it's the day after his surgery and all is well.

Good books, I love to read. Right now I'm reading "Grace" by Richard Paul Evans. I belong to a book club and that's my choice for November.

Quiet, early mornings at home before starting my day at work. This morning I "used" my treadmill, did a few exercises, then read my scriptures, before getting ready to come to work. Rick has today off, so he and Baxter were still snoozing. It was a quiet, peaceful morning.

Now on to the rest of my day, finding things along the way to add to my gratitude list.

By the way, we had a great time at Rusty's last night. Missed family that couldn't be there, we'll do it again soon. Mom is an awesome, beautiful lady that I love so much. Here is a picture from our party last night, isn't she cute!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Gratitude - day diez

Gratitudes for November 18, 2009. My mom - it's her 88th birthday today and she is awesome. Grateful for her example, her unconditional love, her patience, her laugh, going to Rusty's tonight to celebrate the wonderful woman she is. She is the glue that keeps our family close. When I grow up I want to be just like her. She's my hero.

She has been surviving without my dad for over 25 years and she stays positive and happy. She loves her family, especially the little ones, they really make her happy. She is a great example of how Christ would like us all to live, kind, loving, giving, long suffering, she is truly enduring (and very well) to the end.

I love you mom and look forward to many more Rusty's dinners to celebrate your day.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Gratitude-day nueve

Today I'm grateful for staying in bed one whole hour longer, 4:30 didn't happen today. I'm grateful for the holiday feeling that is taking over my body, for good friends that sometimes visit with me too much, for a job that I enjoy coming to each day, for upcoming changes at work.

I'm especially grateful today for the example of others in my life and for life itself.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Gratitude - day ocho

Gratitudes for today. Carol, who has become a very good friend; a door to my office (so I can close myself in); a pedicure with my cute little mom for lunch; Youth Corrections and Daniel; sunshine, car seat heaters, and my treadmill.

By the way, I have no idea why I started doing my day numbers in Spanish. Sometimes you say "Uno" instead of one, that's what I did and now I can't stop until Thanksgiving of over. Maybe I'll learn a little Spanish along the way.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Gratitude day siete

Sacrament Meeting was awesome today. Not necessarily the speakers, but the Spirit was so strong today. The choir sang The Battle Hymn of The Republic, a song that I love. My Relief Society Secretary, Susan Lewis, was the accompanist, and she was looking forward to the song being done, it's a very hard piece. She did an amazing job, she made Sacrament Meeting special for me, as I watched her play and felt the Spirit touch my spirit.

That being said, gratitude's for today: Susan, Alma 29:9, Church callings, quiet Sunday afternoons spent reading and napping, spending Sunday evenings eating with family, and my favorite Sunday evening activity; talking to my weird boy on the phone. Love talking to Justin!!!!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Gratitude day seis

Rick didn't have to work today, so today I'm grateful for a Saturday at home with him. We get about 2 every year, he works almost every weekend. I'm grateful today for Rick cleaning up my flower pots, a warm house that keeps me safe and out of the cold wind, mom going grocery shopping with me and Angie.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Gratitude day cinco

Today I'm grateful for Rick coming home from Camp Williams, 10 days apart was long enough. I'm grateful for the beautiful snow storm we had and the much needed moisture it brought. I'm grateful tonight for Panda Express.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Gratitude - Day Cuatro

This week has been hard at work. We have had some of the meanest people call and yell at us. So today I'm very grateful for the awesome people I work with, they are the best. I work in a great office, and usually the customers are our friends, but this week has been the exception. So much gratitude today goes out to my co-workers, good job! Especially Kristin - she is truly a saint.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Gratitude day tres

Today I'm thankful for service men and women, past and present. I'm thankful to them for fighting for my freedom, so I can play, work and worship as I chose.

I'm thankful for a father-in-law and father that served. I'm also grateful to Randy and Shay for their service, I have an awesome family.

Then there's Rick, what can I say? What a blessing his service has been in our lives. These are my hero's, and I honor them today

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Gratitude Day dos (Not uno that was yesterday)

1) Warm weather so I can wear sandals and skirt one more time
2) Warm heater under my desk to keep my bare legs and toes warm
3) Going home after work with no place else to go

Monday, November 9, 2009

Thankfulness Month

Okay, so I'm a little slow in getting with the program. November is already 9 days old and I haven't posted any gratitudes. I'll start today, not guaranteeing how many I'll do each day, some days I may only have one thing that I'm thankful for. Not really, but some days I may only want to write one thing.

Today I'm REALLY thankful to be Relief Society President, can't say why, too many reasons. Just know that I'm very, very grateful for this blessing in my life.