Friday, January 30, 2009
Then we had to wait around for Aimee to get her wisdom tooth pulled and for Kaitlyn to get out of school. While Aimee was at the dentist, I sat with Kaitlyn at the bowling alley and let her bowl a few games. Kaitlyn was so excited because it was a real treat to be able to go bowling right after school.
Now it's time to go back to bed so I can get better. I HATE being sick!!! I really want my Mommie!!!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I found this new blog and found it interesting. The assignment for today is to interview your child/children and write record the answers. It sounded like fun to me so I though I would do it. Here it is, my interview with Kaitlyn, age 9.
1. What does Mom always say to you? I love you and do better on your homework
2. What makes Mom happy? When she's not sick
3. What makes Mom sad? When she's sick
4. How does Mom make you laugh? When she tickles me
5. How old is Mom? 40
6. How tall is Mom? I don't know, how tall are you, tall
7. What does Mom like to do? Play on the computer
8. What is Mom's job? Nothing
9. What is Mom's favorite food? California Maki
10. How do you know that Mom loves you? If she didn't love me, she'd throw me out the window
I guess you have to be younger than nine to get funny answers. Oh well, I did the assignment, right?
Monday, January 26, 2009
I have to say that I love this print. When I saw it, it reminded me of the little boy that I lost before he was born. We named this sweet baby, Brandon Jay. Unfortunately, I was never able to hold this precious son, but I have seen him in my minds eye. He was so wanted in our family. He was due September 10, 1992, but returned to his Heavenly Father on April 1, 1992, to serve a special mission in the Spirit world with my Grandpa Berkley. I was so crushed by the lose of Brandon at the time and could not find the answers to my questions of why so I went inactive in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for about three years. At the end of that three years and after considering suicide I realized that I had two young daughters that needed me desperately. Thank goodness for the power of prayer and the power of the priesthood I was saved from my dispair and received the answers I desperately wanted. I finally understood what my son was doing, who he was with and came away with the knowledge that I would see him again if I choose to live righteously. I'm still trying. ;) I have since lost one more child, a little girl, Peyton Nicole, who was due September 10, 1996, but returned to her Heavenly Father on March 11, 1992, and successfully carried to term one more daughter. My life is filled with estrogene with my three daughters, Aimee, Wendy and Kaitlyn, and I love them and my life with them. It is amazing what prayer, strength of a spouse and children can do for us. I LOVE MY FAMILY!!!
Sunday, January 25, 2009
For instance, when Dave and I got married I LOVED to cross stitch, I had HUNDREDS of patterns, needles, thread, fabric, you name it...if it had anything to do with cross stitch I HAD to have it. It made packing to move a little interesting because hubby said if it didn't fit it didn't go...I packed boxes so full it would have given a 10 year old a heart attack. I just had to have my cross stitch. As the years have gone by and the children came along my obsession of cross stitch waned a LOT. I can now fit my cross stitch supplies in one little box. I still have MANY projects that are done but not framed and many that aren't even done. But that's okay, I don't do so much now.
When we were done having children, our youngest is 9 years old, I became obsessed about family history. I had to have a computer, internet access, a printer, paper, ink, pens, pencils, notebooks, and album covers. When I discovered scrapbooking, it was the same. I combined these two obsessions into one. I now have 25 scrapbook family history albums...and I'm not even close to being done.
I have always had a love for books. I don't think I have EVER gone into a store, bookstore, grocery, shopping center, mall, or even the daughters book fairs at school, and NOT bought at least one book. Hubby threatens to use them in the fireplace, but then I threaten him with divorce (I wouldn't really, but hey I still have my books). Right now this is my obsession!! The New Year's resolution I made of reading 100 books this year? It is to fulfill my obsession. I can't get enough. I have three five-shelf bookcases crammed FULL of books. I can't just read one, I read seven or eight at a time. The library is a nightmare for Hubby because the library has a 'free to a good home' shelf. You guessed it...I take from it EVERY time we go in. Each of my daughters have their own 'library' of books. Aimee's is full of Anima or Manga, whatever they call it, it's still COMIC BOOKS. Any way, she loves them and her three-self bookcase is full. Wendy reads like I do, anything and everything. Her 'library' contains books by great authors such as Ernest Hemmingway, Stephen King, and Anne Rice, as well as many of the classics. She has a closet full of shelves that are crammed as full as my shelves. Kaitlyn, my youngest, has a four-shelf bookcase that is also full. Many of her books are books that I enjoyed as a girl, and of course anything that has to do with fairies. I can't get her to read on her own yet as furosiously as Wendy and I do, but it will come in time. I also have a four-shelf bookcase upstairs that is overflowing of books I call my mindless reading, books that I don't have to 'think' to read. You know the ones...you know exactly what is going to happen no matter who the author is.
Hubby is driven crazy I think with the amount of books we own. You see, he doesn't read anything except his scriptures. If it comes in movie form, he's happy. But to actually sit down to read a book for enjoyment...forget it. My dad says that Hubby has an off button in his butt and if he sits down quietly for more than 10 minutes, he's asleep. I stay up most nights reading to the wee hours of the morning. I don't know how many 'book' lights I've gone through because of the amount of reading I do. I've probably spent just as much money in lights as I have in books. Oh well.
I find reading to be enjoyable, informative, helpful, an escape from reality, and a way for me to relax. I have also found myself in other lands, times, and even other planets. I never thought I would enjoy a good mystery, fantasy, or even a 'good' romance, but I do. Get me into bed, a bottle of water, a good book light, a soft pillow, and a good book and I'm set for the night. Or a nice comfy chair I can curl up in with a warm blanket, a glass of ice cold diet Pepsi, a good book, and maybe a few pistachios will do the same. Let me read for an hour or two and it will change my mood so that I can be a happy wife and mother. If I am into a really good book I don't hear anything. The house could burn down and I wouldn't know it, that's how bad it is. I even love to read about other people's lives.
That leads me to another obsession...blogging and reading others' blogs. I love it!!! And I love to read others' comments on my blogs.
Oh wow, I didn't realize what time it was. It's a good thing everyone in this household can get themselves to bed. ;)
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I have to say something here...I am so proud of my girls, Aimee and Wendy especially. I just found out about another girl in one of our previous wards who is getting married at 17 or 18 in just a couple of weeks. She's not even out of high school. My first thought was she's pregnant. After reading her 'blog' I was right, she is pregnant. I feel so bad for this young lady because she has had to deal with some horrific things in her short life, things that maybe I could have helped to prevent. When we discovered the things that happened to this girl and the things her brother was making her do, I cried for days. One year before this situation occured I turned her away from my door and told her to work things out with her parents. Could I have stepped in and taken this girl in? Probably. Did I do the right thing at the time by turning her away? At the time yes. If I had to do it over again, would I take her in? Absolutely. You see, I have always felt that parents should take the responsibility for their own children. But looking back I see that this family had so many other issues going on at the time that they couldn't see what was happening to their daughter. I knew what was happening, but I chose not to talk with her parents about it. I consulted my priesthood leaders, my husband, and the Lord on the issue and felt that unless I was asked I wasn't to say anything. Why? Because what parent is going to believe another that one of their own sons are hurting their own daughter? I look at the whole former ward and all I see is young girls getting pregnant hoping to get out of their homes and they are walking into a whole other set of problems at a young age. Why oh why do some parents shut their children out and not pay attention to them and talk with them to find out what is going on in their lives? The mother of this young girl was so caught up in her own world of going to school and having "me" time that she forgot that she was a mother first. The father lived in his own world as well trying to keep the mother happy. This father should have stepped up and said enough is enough our children need better guidance, they need their mother home when they are home. Education can come later when the children are on their own, children need the guidance and the supervision of their parents as long as they are living in the home, no matter how old they are. The parents after finding out about what was happening to their daughter chose to let the son stay in the home and then lavished gifts on the daughter to try to make her happy. Gifts and things are not going to erase what happened to this young lady. We talk with our daughters about EVERYTHING under the sun and the consequences of the actions they choose. I am so proud of them for staying the course when so many of their friends and classmates don't. I love them so much. I know that they also see the lives that are ruined and shortened because of the choices that others make. I wish so much that I could go back in time and help that young lady more than what I did. Maybe, just maybe, she wouldn't have had to go through those horrific experiences and maybe, just maybe, she would have had a better life. I say to that young lady, I am truly sorry for turning you away that day. I wish her happiness and love, I wish her the best in the choices she is making now at this time in her life. I hope that one day she will be able to forgive me. I will carry that pain, knowing I could have helped, with me for the rest of my life and I cry each time I think about the family and the lives that could have been.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Some facts about the jellyfish shoal from Italy still present on the beaches
Pelagia noctiluca in port of Cap d’AilPhotograph by Claire LathburyHundreds of Pelagia noctiluca jellyfish that swept in on a current from Italy at the weekend are still present on the Côte d’Azur, with many beaches still flying their orange flags to indicate the presence of the “mauve stinger”. Although their sting is not venomous to humans, they have in some rare cases led to severe allergic reactions so are best avoided by bathers. They generally leave a whip-lash-like scar on the body, with the sting being felt on impact. It later becomes very itchy and blisters.The word Pelagia in Greek means “of the sea” while nocti stands for night and luca means light. The name refers to the organism’s ability to glow in the dark when it’s disturbed. The Pelagia noctiluca is very common in warm or temperate waters, including the Mediterraneum, the Red Sea and Atlantic ocean, and while it lives mainly in open waters it is often carried by currents nearer the coast. Shoals of 45 kilometres in length, involving thousands, are not uncommon.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
I love my sweet husband!! And he loves me!!
This is a jelly fish. Isn't it cool?
Kaitlyn on the beach. Isn't she beautiful? Sorry about my cuss word, I didn't realize the sand was so waterlogged where I was standing.
Wendy and Aimee on the beach. They are so smexy!!
Monday, January 5, 2009
Italy's traditional celebration includes the tale of a white-haired witch known as La Befana who arrives on her broomstick during the night of January 5 and fills the stockings with toys and sweets for the good children and lumps of coal for the bad ones.
According to the legend, the night before the Wise Men arrived at the manger they stopped at the shack of an old woman to ask directions. They invited her to come along but she replied that she was too busy. Then a shepherd asked her to join him but again she refused.
Later that night, she saw a great light in the sky and decided to join the Wise Men and the shepherd bearing gifts that had belonged to her child who had died. She got lost and never found the manger.
Now La Befana flies around on her broomstick each year on the 11th night, bringing gifts to children in hopes that she might find the Baby Jesus. Children hang their stockings on the evening of January 5 awaiting the visit of La Befana.
La Befana Festivals
The town of Urbania, in Le Marche region, holds a 4-day festival for La Befana from January 2-6. Children can meet La Befana in La Casa della Befana. This is one of the biggest celebrations for La Befana in Italy.
The Befana races are held in Venice on January 6. Men dressed as La Befana race in boats on the Grand Canal.
I wanted to share these beautiful pictures and what the artist has to say about each one of them! David Bowman: has had a passion for art ever since he could pick up a pencil. He loves creating images of the Savior that inspire and uplift. Along with his Christian fine art, David has also written and illustrated a series of scripture storybooks for children titled "Who's Your Hero". Check out his website at http://bowman-art.com/indexFineart.htm to see more of his precious art.
I finished book number one of the one hundred I want to read today!!! I'm on a roll people!!!
Sunday, January 4, 2009
One of my other resolutions is to finish the Book of Mormon again, and keep up on the Gospel Doctrine lessons (since Dave will be teaching every other Sunday). I want to also read the Ensign each month as well.
Another resolution is to read 100 books this year. Wendy attends a book group each month, I don't know that I will attend that or not, but she has read some good books. I think I will include the books that I read with Kaitlyn as well.
Anyone else want to join me and share with others? Any ideas about good books to read?