Friday, January 30, 2009

PhotoStory Friday...

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek
Who doesn't LOVE a good powdered donut?!

1. When all else up a box of hostess donut holes and see the tears vanish!
2. Do not try to inhale while eating one of these tasty treats.
3. Put the whole donut hole in your mouth.
4. Do not talk while chewing...powder goes everywhere.
5. Try as you might to conceal the evidence of eating the donut...the ring around your mouth is a dead giveaway!
6. Eat them OUTSIDE of the vehicle/house.
7. Try not to eat the whole box in one sitting.
8. Yes, donut holes are smaller. That means I can eat half the box myself right??!
9. Make sure to distribute evenly, because the cat claws come out..Meow!
I didn't play today...however, click on this button and play along with this beautiful lady and tell us what your are wearing today!!


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

WordFul Wednesday....

My day in a nutshell.... This is what graced my morning.

Our neighbor needs to come to my house and clean up my driveway!

Having lunch with my sister Brooke.

Shopping...the errand kind! Well maybe there were some added treats.

Yesterday was a full day, which was a good thing!!

Click on the button and enjoy another WW thanks to Angie!!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Tuesday's Tribute...

So every Tuesday, 2 wonderful people bring to our day the opportunity to give back to somebody or thing our gratitude or frustrations. Please click on the button to join in on the giving and see what others are offering...
Tuesday's Tribute
Yet Another Jay and Deb Production.

Just a small preface....Last week on a quiet Tuesday evening, while chatting on twitter, I was surprised at a post left on a blog. Now mind you (since this is about me), I have a very tender and sweet disposition in all things...wink...anyways.

In this post was a video of a rather unusual kind. A "stalker" had FOUND and LEFT a message on the blogger's phone! He decided to post and video the message. It was quite cryptic in nature and disturbed me greatly to say the least. So I proceeded to give encouragement and support to this Blogging individual/friend/Jay... by GENTLY letting him know I had his families back, cough, cough!!

Well, I had no idea this gentleman did voice impersonations, nor had I heard his voice before....
So, we all know where this is going, so no fan fare...It had been himself recording the phone message!! Ha, Ha...

I tell you this story because first the picture represents what I was going to do to the stalker...and second, I would like to Tribute the individuals who have started this wonderful give back to what we feel passionate about. Through Twitter/#GNO (please sign up and join in), Facebook and blogging, I have met some very FUN and SWEET individuals who uplift me each week. This could have only happened thanks to the Internet.
So to Jay...
On twitter #GNO... I laugh so hard I can't breathe, not even a tehe, giggle...maybe with a toot though..hmmm? You engage my humor and intellect (somewhere up there) and keep it going through posts/twitter and facebook. Beside every good a good woman, and I am so grateful for her!!
Marry me? JK.... You say the sweetest things to me. I may look like I got hit by a ton of bricks...but you let me know of my beauty through your eyes...truly a gorgeous woman inside and out You are! Now as far as her posts...
here, and here oh and here. There are so many I love to read them all. You make me laugh, cry, shout for joy and feel like I am normal!

So this Tuesday I wanted to give back to the 2 people who gave me and others this chance to think about someone/thing other than ourselves (myself). Thank YOU!!

Friday, January 23, 2009

PhotoStory Friday...What are YOU Wearing?

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

I love doing both of these (click on the buttons to play along!) on Friday, and have found that with the pictures taken of me there is a story. Today is no exception....
I am actually ready for the day before 8 a.m.! I asked Brynn to take my picture. This is as good as it gets. I kinda like it though. Gives the illusion of being smaller...and that makes for a VERY pleasant day!!!
What are You Wearing?...
Sweater: Target... $14.99 + tax (wish I was in OR)
White Shirt: Costco (shade shirt in 2 pack)...$14.99
Jeans: Kohls...Gift!!
Shoes: Target... $12.99
Make-up: Bare Minerals (had to put that in because I LOVE it and it's a miracle I am wearing any today)!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

WordFul Wednesday...

From this....Bright blue, 65 degrees, panoramic views, red rock, natures stairs to the top, calm breeze, and a vast playing field!
To this...a vast vortex of brown, gray, stifling, suffocating, nothing muck!!
Our children had a 4 day weekend (didn't they just have a holiday break, anyhow I digress). So, we decided to head south to St. George. It was truly beautiful. Getting out of the ever so pleasant inversion was not missed. Breathing fresh air for several days...simply cleansing!!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Tuesday's Tribute....

Dear DW;
You give so much and in return, just a little jet dry is all you ask for. The many hand prints that cover your stainless steel face, and not one complaint. Even when you don't want to do the work, you wash through your moodiness. Oh, how you have made my life a bit easier. I cram more than what I should and you still forge through the grub. We use our feet to close you, your door to mix on (a great way for children wanting to help "stir" for any meal, when you don't want a huge mess, shut the door and the dishwasher will take care of the mess), and you even don't mind Kirkland brand. So thank you for making my life easier!
Your devoted user!
Head on over to Tuesday's Tribute by clicking on the button below and join in on the fun...

Tuesday's Tribute
Yet Another Jay and Deb Production.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

PhotoStory Friday...What are you Wearing?

"Have a Coke and a Smile!"
See the glow around the mug? K-sad, I know, but it sure looks like it was heaven sent!!
This week has proven itself difficult. So the other day while quickly running out the door...there was a pleasant surprise. A fountain Coke (fuzzy, a family word because it tickles your nose...ah, sweet), and a huge hug and smile from a beautiful friend. I must say that had to be the best coke. I slurped on that thing all day! The simple gestures and happenings this week and in my life daily, truly bring some of the greatest joy. My "Love Bucket" overflowed with tender, comforting words and actions from "earth angels" these past few days. I Love You and Thank You...

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

WordFul Wednesday...

Sometimes the most peaceful moments, are touched with the frost from heaven. It comes down ever so quietly, and waits for the sun rays to glisten from it's blanket. If only for a time..solace.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Tuesdays Tribute...A teenager...

Jay and Deb started this wonderful idea and opportunity to think of something or someone, other than ourselves. They are so good!! Click on the button to read (and join in) about this Totally, Tubular,Terrific Tuesday's Tribute..(sorry, go just a little carried away...giggle)
Tuesday's Tribute
A Jay and Deb Production.

I never thought I'd have a teenager so soon. You, my sweet Kelcie, came into our lives at just the perfect time. We thought you'd be early (before Christmas), but you decided to hang out until the new year. Since then, I have been mesmerized by your ability to be patient, thoughtful, and tender. I am so grateful you are the example for your little sisters. You have set the bar high (sorry, paving the path first is not always easy, especially with parents still learning the ropes).
Spending your birthday at Solitude was beautiful.

The bright blue skies, crisp frosty air, snow crunching under our feet, a warm condo, delicious meals (cough..cough), skiing, birthday surprises, Uncle Bill, and just being together as a family. So many memories in just a couple of days.

I love to hear you sing, especially when cleaning or playing with your sisters, your innocence, the deep devotion to your family, never saying goodbye without a "I Love You," and your sweet presence with all you do. Happy Birthday my Kelcie "Roo." I Love You!

Sunday, January 11, 2009


Alexis and Brooke turn 21 today. Happy Birthday to my twin sisters!! How truly beautiful they are. Alexis will leave for her mission in a month. Brooke is married to a wonderful husband. I never thought I'd see them grow up so fast
(how do you do it Mom).
Oh, the sweet memories we've had and continue to create. I would call them their nicknames I bestowed so long ago...but I shall refrain. I love you!!

Friday, January 9, 2009

PhotoStory Friday and What are You Wearing??

There is a story to to this photo. So I thought to join in PhotoStory Friday and
This picture was taken in a restroom at a church building. Now before you say EEWww, I had a very good reason to be in there. It was my Grandfathers funeral and I was feeling a little under the weather. See, I have IBS (for those of you who know it sucks, and those who don't, I would not wish it on my enemies) and when it decides to rear its ugly head, I join the porcelain goddess for awhile. There is a major amount of pain associated with this problem. I decided that since I couldn't join my family until the pain subsided, to take pictures. Not glamorous I know. I felt glam in my new
Ann Taylor suit... On sale even...$60.00 (Thank you Mom for the Birthday gift)
Harolds thick cotton tee... $25.00
Target Black Shoes... $15.00
So, stop by these hosted Friday Blogs and join in on their lives, just click on the buttons or the highlighted names up top!!

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek


Tuesday, January 6, 2009

WordFul Wednesday..

We had a soft water unit installed in our home a few weeks ago. One small problem...floating cardboard pieces in the tank. All of us were slightly large to fit into the unit to pull out the chunks. So to the rescue....SARA! At first the idea freaked her out (would me as well). But, after a few tries, and her "Uncle Bill" holding her, up came the pieces. PHEW.

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Monday, January 5, 2009

Tuesday's Tribute....

Tuesday's Tribute
A Jay and Deb Production.

Happy Birthday to you...Happy Birthday to you...Happy Birthday dear Tonie (Tonia)...Happy Birthday to you!! My sister of ?? years. Hmmm the fun can't be described in a few short words!! What secrets should I tell first..???

I am so proud of all you have accomplished in your life. What an example you are to me to keep trying and working!! So to keep it sweet, sexy, tender, passionate, generous, kind sister and friend...Happy Birthday. I LOVE YOU!!!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

A David Bowman Giveaway!!

Trying to Stay Calm is having a wonderful giveaway!!
I wanted to share these beautiful pictures and what the artist has to say about each one of them! You can ALL win a FREE signed 8x10 print of your choice (out of the three prints), by copying and posting to your blog or website this whole post! After you post then send an e-mail to David ( with your website or blog address telling him you posted it and that you read about this offer on my blog. Also send him your name and mailing address and he will send your signed 8x10 print of your choice :)
Hurry because... *This offer expires Monday Jan. 5th at noon!!*

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 to see more of his precious art...


The Savior tells us we need to become as little children to inherit the kingdom of God. I've often wondered what it is about little children Jesus loves most, and I think its their innocence. They are clean slates, seeing the world and others through untarnished eyes. Their hearts are pure, without the baggage of cynicism and self-doubt. In this piece, I've tried to imagine how a child would act upon meeting the Master for the first time. Without reservation or inhibition, I think he would simply want to play with Him. He would be at complete ease, allowing his pure little heart to soak in the love and laughter of His pure, infinite heart. Its no wonder Christ delights in these little ones and sets them up to be our examples.


One of the greatest human needs is a sense of security. In all aspects of life, we naturally gravitate towards anything that makes us feel safe. In this piece, I wanted to convey a sense of complete peace and calm like only the Savior can provide. It's a security that allows us to rest assured, without fear or worry, when we put ourselves trustingly in His arms. Little children have that inherent kind of trust in their parents, so it's fitting that the man and girl who modeled for "Security" are actually father and daughter. They generated the exact feel I was looking for.

"My Child"

This piece conveys an intimate, up-close-and-personal feeling of the Savior's love. Notice how all the lines draw your attention and point towards Jesus' face in the center. I chose the name "My Child" because the only thing that could compare (even remotely) to Christ's compassion for us is the love of a parent for his/her child. This image is also intended to put things in perspective. Above all, we are God's children first. He allows us the privelege of experiencing parenthood for ourselves and we are entrusted to be the mothers and fathers of His children here on earth.