Blogging, a love/hate relationship

I love my blog, I love to read blogs, but I hate that I don't post on mine enough and I don't get to read the others as much as I'd like. There are many times, throughout the course of my day (like everyday), that I think of things that I can't wait to share or say. Would it be rude to call on Father Time and ask if he would add another hour, or two, maybe three, to the day?  Oh, I know, all of you that are always asking when I'm going to update my blog, when am I going to share some money saving, up-cycling, kind of tips? (stayed tuned) To you all I say, school is a huge time sucker and ask if any of you know how to do statistics or who can wrap their brain around economics?  No, really, learning the how to's of statistics and the terminology of an economist often leaves me scratching my head and asking myself, huh? Call me dense and I'll have no problem agreeing with you. Okay, in my own defense, it has been 26+ years since I've attended school. (Did I just say that out loud)? If any of you can help tutor me in either of these subjects I would kiss you (figuratively, of course) and call myself blessed that I actually know people that get this stuff AND therefore freeing up more time to do bloggy kind of stuff. :)

Then there is you Pinterest yet? I know I've thrown this question at you before but, seriously, if you've become a "Pinner" then you'll better understand when I say time sucker, addiction, love, hate, fun, new friendships, awesomeness...etc. So to Pinterest I extend a BIG thank you for existing....sort of.
A big thank you for the creator of this sign. Just wish it had a reference. Please let me know who you are and I will be super happy to give you kudos and a link to your site. :)

If I'd give my blog the same amount of attention that I gave Pinterest then I would have a real successful blog with lots of followers. Okay, maybe lots of followers. :)  *Big sigh* perhaps one day...

Here's a Pin on my "Lets Get Physical" board:
Yep, the truth sometimes hits ya right in the arse. :/
Thank you for your uncanny wit and remarkable ability to state the truth.

p.s. You can join in on the fun here. For some odd reason Pinterest requires you to receive an invite before joining. I'll be more than happy to do that for you. Just say so. :)


Happy New Year! A Look Back

To my wonderful family and friends,

HAPPY 2012!!!...
Photo from Flickr

and thanks for being you! Each of you have contributed, in some way or other, to my many successes throughout 2011 and for that I'm grateful. The past year has brought many, many fun and exciting adventures, some happy and others not so happy. But it is those unhappy times that strengthen and provide me the opportunity to grow, and that too I'm grateful for. This post, however, and like every other post I put on this blog, I'll be focusing on the positives. :) I mean positives are so much more fun to read than negatives. Dontcha think? I mean, I'd much rather rave than rant and I'm confidant you'd much rather hear a rave than a rant.

First I should admit that 2011 is quite fuzzy and I'll probably be adding on to this post as more events come to mind. But for now here are my five "stand out" events that happened in 2011.

In July the hubby, two of our kids, and myself went on Trek. This is a four day event that happens every four years and is a life changing experience for most that get to attend. The purpose is to re-create the Trek that the pioneers made from the east to the Salt Lake Valley in the mid 1880's. Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING is a re-creation. From the hand carts to the clothes worn, food eaten, bedding, shelter and everything in between is set up to simulated the experiences of those pioneers who traveled thousands of miles to escape religious persecution.  An event designed never to be forgotten.

We Moved....UGH!
I say ugh, not in sorry we moved but, as in moving really, really, REALLY, sucks! Okay, I don't like that word and I almost never use it but, on occasion, there isn't any other word that fits the bill. Sorry, and I don't mean to offend. That's it. I think you get the picture. Now, the upside of it all is the house we moved into on September 1st is one FABULOUS place. You can read a tiny bit of its history here, see its lovely staircase here, and have a peek at a couple of re-dos here. I look forward to updating my blog and the progress we've made thus far on our home. A new years resolution, perhaps? 

Emily Moves Out....Whaaahahaha. :(
In September, just shortly after we moved, Emily decided to spread her wings and venture out on her own. The decision was certainly bitter sweet; sweet for her and bitter, of course, for her dad and I.  It's always a tough thing to watch your child grow from a cute, can never do any wrong, little child to a young adult that can't wait to leave the nest. No matter how hard it was for her dad and I, I'm very proud that she had the courage and enthusiasm to venture out on her own. I mean aren't some twenty and thirty somethings still living with their parents? Okay, to be fair, I know that some leave the nest and then situations come about that force them to move back home.  I'm not talking about those kind. I referring to the ones that are permanently set in the nest and are reluctant to fly. Our Emily spread her wings and flew to seek out new adventures. 2/28/2012 Update: she's moved back.

All Five Home for the Holiday

 Yep, there they all are. Our whole family was blessed to have everyone together for Thanksgiving. Why is this such a big deal? Well, because its been two years since we've had everyone together. It's been two years since we've seen our oldest son, one year since we saw our oldest daughter, and two years since we've all been together. That's a  BIG deal. Photo op! 

Undergraduate Studies DONE!
Not a lot to say here except WOO HOO!!! On to the next level......stay tuned. Update: Thought I was done but, transferred to a new college and evidently the joke's on me. :/ Got a few more class to complete before moving on.

Our Family Has a New Addition 
 Meet Carly. Isn't she BEAUTIFUL? Yeah, we think so too. :) Carly came to live with us last month. She belongs to my oldest daughter, Leah, who lives in Nashville, TN. Ha! However, Carly lives with us in WV. So, I'm thinking that she now belongs to us(?) Or perhaps we are just dog sitting for an extended period of time. Either way, we are thrilled to have her. Carly was rescued from a horrible home in Nashville. If you knew this dog you would wonder how anyone could ever be so cruel. She is an absolute gem and we are incredibly blessed to have her with us. 
See how she fits in? Here she is shopping the Black Friday sales with Collin.
  How was your 2011? Any "stand out" events you'd like to share?