Friday, December 17, 2010

Provo Tabernacle Fire

What a Friday!  My sis locked her keys in her car this morning...with it running!  Luckily University Towing maintains our street, and while I usually despise the tow truck companies I appreciate they helped us this morning and helped her get in.  He took quite a bit of time getting to our house and he told us why once he arrived...
our local historical Provo Tabernacle caught on fire last night and is currently burning down.  Such a sad thing!  We're also having a Conference this weekend at work, with a few hundred out of town visitors here, and I'm also involved in two photo shoots today, so needless to say it's been kind of chaotic around here.

I hope your day is going better and you have some peace and quiet as you prepare for the Holidays!

P.S. A few of my photos were featured on one of my favorite blogs ever, C Jane!  Check it out here. **Update! CJane's blog was later featured on KSL, see here.  Maybe I can be an investigative photographer now?  Ha ha




Monday, December 13, 2010

Thankful Monday

I've noticed a few of my friends doing some "Thankful" posts lately and tonight I just felt like I have a lot to be thankful for!  It's kind of weird too because I  haven't had the best day.  I was mostly sick this weekend and I even have a headache tonight, but here's a few things I am feeling thankful for right now:
1. Not having a drug/alcohol addiction or an eating disorder like people on "Intervention"

2. Being a "handy woman" who has in the last two months fixed these things in my house: clogged toilets, garage door, garage pin pad, garage light, garage door opener, clogged drains,  caught a mouse, and replaced nearly every light bulb, battery and filter in the place!

3. My OCD cleanliness tendencies.  Ok, this might seem a weird thing to be thankful for, but I really am!  I love that I like to be clean, that I know how to clean, and that I will take the time and effort to clean something that no one wants to or thinks of.  I love being able to serve other people by cleaning something for them and even though they think I'm crazy, it brings me so much joy to do it. 

3. My job, even though it's stressful and my boss, who I really cared about and loved working with, recently left.  Nu Skin has been so good to me over the years, and I so appreciate the great Christmas bonus they've given us each year!  And I really like the people I still work with.  I know what it's like to not like what you're doing and to work with those who are difficult or unkind, so it's just refreshing to feel like you can really count on your team.

4. My health, even after being sick fairly regularly, and dealing with the fact that I have permanent hearing damage, I feel so lucky that I am as healthy as I am.  I know it could be much worse and I pray everyday for those who have health problems that are debilitating or severely limit their lifestyle or abilities.  I can walk, run, jump, bike, hike, row, pump iron, and do nearly everything else I want to do and for that I'm grateful.

5. My family and friends.  I'm so glad I have such a great family, some close by, some far away that I love to visit as often as I can.  I was watching Oprah the other day, about female US Veterans who are now homeless.  It made me so sad and affected me so much.  It just got me thinking that no matter what happened to me, I know I have so many people who love me that I doubt I'd ever have to be homeless.  And I hope I've been able to provide them as much love and support as they've needed from me over the years.

6. The Christmas season.  I hope that I try to remember Christ throughout the entire year, and make Him a part of my life daily.  But I just love that Christmas seems to allow for everyone to just try to be better people, to serve others, to love others, and to try to make the world a better place.

So there you have it!  I don't know why I chose 6 things, but that's where I felt it ended today.  I hope you're all enjoying the Season and bringing joy to those around you!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Getting ready for Christmas

I had a great Thanksgiving!  Spent the morning getting food ready and all afternoon with Justin, my Dad, step-mom Susan, and brothers and sisters and family.  Dinner was great as usual and we got to play with babies Aidan and Owen which I love!  We also watched this great movie with my parents later, called Facing the Giants.  It's kind of a low budget movie made by a Christian Church group in 2006.  But, I'm telling you, if you liked The Blind Side, you'll love this movie!  It's all about overcoming obstacles and becoming a better person, but they just add a spiritual element to it.  It's a little cheesy, I won't lie, but the touching and emotional parts make up for it!

The Sunday after, my teaching partner at Church made the cutest little treats for the kids!  Too bad they weren't all there to get one!  Isn't this the cutest thing ever?
I also did quite a bit of "Black Friday" shopping and got some great deals!  One of which was a new TV!  I've been waiting for a great deal and Costco had it!  I got a 32" LED for $260! I'm so happy!  The last TV I bought was a 26" Sony like 7 years ago.  A HUGE box TV that weighs like 60 lbs.!  Check out my new toy!
Lastly, I put up all the Christmas decorations!  I just love making the house all cheery!  I've slowly collected quite a few things and always have fun getting everything out each year.
I'm feeling like I might do some baking and Christmas cards soon too.  Well, at least the baking! Have a great day!