January 31, 2010

My Enthusiasm Trumps Your Gook

I had the opportunity this weekend to attend an education conference. I had a wonderful time and learned so much. There are some very intelligent, dynamic, and creative people in this world.

I have had many opportunities lately to be around people who are enthusiastic and full of passion.

There is something so appealing and wondrous about enthusiasm. Enthusiasm feels the air, surrounds you, and motivates you to do more.

Enthusiasm brings a smile to your face and lights a fire to new ideas.

Next week I will have the opportunity to review a book. A book that the author himself asked me to review and share my thoughts with you.

When I told Brent about the request, the first thing he said was, "Krissi, what if you hate the book?" The only thing I could think is I hope that is not the case.

I received the book and started reading it the other day and thankfully, halfway through the book, and I can say I don't hate the book.

In fact the author has seemed to capture this idea of enthusiasm. He has made me smile and he has certainly made me want to do better.

At the same time that I have had these experiences of enthusiasm, light, I have had a few not so good experiences. A few personal relationships have come under a bit of crisis. Mainly due to mis-understandings, mis-communication and a lot of. . . well. . . gobbly gook!

Gobbly Gook-nothing important, nothing relevant, nothing defined, energy draining

My blood pressure has been raised, my demand for justice has come into play and all of my energy and effort put forth to a bunch of. . . gobbly gook.

As I have reflected on these experiences the good ones and bad ones I realize how important it is to center myself in enthusiasm.

Now don't get me wrong I don't mean we should all party every day and live it up.

I mean the kind of enthusiasm that reminds you what is important. Enough enthusiasm, happiness, and light to drown out all the gobbly gook.

Just a thought and maybe a challenge make someone smile today they may need your light.


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Hugs and Prayers,


January 29, 2010

Beautiful Tree

I have a confession. . .

I love the CW. . .

90210, Vampire Diaries, SuperNatural, One Tree Hill

I'm an addict from the days that Joey climbed through Dawson's window and Felicity cut off all her curly locks.

But here is the thing, the shows, well I can take em or leave em.

What I'm truly addicted to is the soundtracks. I watch the shows and then track down the songs. I can't tell you how many of my favorite songs have been featured on a CW shows.

It is sad really, other people they go to concerts, they listen to the radio, they hunt the Internet.

Me...I watch shows on CW.

Please don't judge me.

Tonight I was watching the CW's latest show, "Life Unexpected," and the opening song came on and I was off on a hunt.

It is a great song.

Okay, I know I have said this before and I know I will probably say this again, but truly it is an awesome song and the artist of the song is so

ummm. . .

well excuse the pun but she is unexpected. Anyway I'm linking the YouTube video I don't know how long they will leave it before they shut it down so enjoy it quickly.

Let me know what you think.

Even if it is just to tell me I'm a dork.





January 27, 2010

Just Push Back

I have been a tad bit cranky lately.

In fact, if you have had a conversation with me in the last couple of weeks I should probably apologize.

I have no idea what my problem is.

I wake up in the morning with every intention of being nice to knock out my crap and the next thing I know I’m being totally obnoxious.

There is no reason for it other than I feel like a bear trying to take a nap and some kid keeps poking me with a big stick.

The world keeps poking me with a big stick and I just want to scream, KNOCK IT OFF!!



Only there is no one around to yell at.

Unless….

You have had the unfortunate task of speaking to me. Then I’m grouch, loud, and maybe even a little pushy.

Yah… Again sorry about that Angie…

Anyway, please forgive me I know I’m being a butt I will stop I promise. Maybe I need to get my rear exercising maybe take a kick boxing class then I can hit a bag.

I’m working on it I promise but next time I’m being loud, obnoxious, shovey and downright annoying feel free to push back. ☺

Prayers and Hugs,

January 26, 2010

Stepping Up to the Plate

This is going to be one of those braggy, braggy post just thought I would warn you.

Life has gotten to the point that it is completely out of control.

I’m not really sure what we were thinking when we had four children in the span of six years. I also don’t know why I thought it was difficult when they were small because life now is, as I said, completely out of control.

Everyone is at the age that they are involved or doing something. Our nights have become logistic nightmares. Pick up here, drop off here, go here, and stop here. It is craziness. Added to this insanity is the fact that we are currently a one-vehicle family.

A couple of months ago as I was signing Al. up for basketball I was desperately trying to talk H. out of playing basketball. He has only wanted to play since he was four and every year he would remind me how many more years until he could play.

Why, oh Why did I not say he had to be 16?

Eventually, I gave in and signed him up knowing it was going to be tough to fit it in. I’m not going to lie it has been nearly impossible. Or at least it would be if it weren’t for Al.

Al. has been a life savior. Thankfully most of H.’s practices and games have been at our elementary school. Last night when I was called in to sub at the pool and Brent had to step in as the official taxi driver. Al. stepped in as the official basketball supporter. Armed with my cell phone she stayed with H. at his practice and cheered him on. Fully knowing that she would take on this roll again on Wednesday when Brent and I both have to be at an event for our oldest.

She keeps stepping up to the plate and being a total support. It is happening more and more and I am thankful that she is so willing. She doesn’t even realize what a huge relief it is to me to know that she is looking out for her little bro.

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An oldie but one of my favorites, Al and H.

The one advantage to everyone getting older is I don’t feel like I am doing it all by myself. We are a family who steps in and helps when it is needed. It is kind of awesome. There are still fights and hormones are starting to spike all over the place but at the end of the day when Al text her dad. H. is dribbling the ball, H. is shooting a basket. I just smile and remember I am incredibly blessed

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Prayers and Hugs,

January 23, 2010

I use to KNOW I was right.

It seems the older I get the less I know.

Correction, it seems the older I get the more wrong I know I am.

I use to KNOW I was right. Yup, I was ALWAYS right.

Now days I am lucky to be right now and then.

When did that happen? Why did that happen?

I miss the days of being right.

Today, I pushed Brent and A. out the door early so that they could go snow shoeing. They went with the scouts. It was a five mile hike in the great outdoors. Did I mention it was snowing. A. said it was fine and he has been in pretty good mood so I am guessing it was fun.

Brent just shakes his head at me. Sometimes it makes me giggle thinking of my California Hubby trudging through the snow.

For those of you that know Brent you will appreciate the fact that he did wear snow boots on the hike. However, the first thing he did when he got home was to kick them off and put on his sandals. Crazy Boy!

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Anyway, it has been a difficult couple of weeks around here. Kind of like an emotional roller coaster that I can't get off. It was nice to have a nice day where every one was happy.

Just for the record I know I am right. Just sometimes I feel like I am waiting for the other shoe to drop and realize that maybe I'm not right.


I'm sure someone will let me know.



Because there is no way that I could possibly be right!

Prayers and Hugs,

January 20, 2010

Motivated.. Oww.. Maybe Not

Looking for motivation. For some reason I don't think this is the kind of motivation I am looking for.



Prayers and Hugs,

January 19, 2010

Hey, Look Up!

Have you ever been driving down the street or walking in the park and looked up and saw something beautiful?

Then without even thinking you start smiling.

Then you start thinking, "You know I'm pretty lucky."

"My life is pretty good." A list of blessings runs through your mind and you feel your heart fill up.

So many times I am so busy running through life that I forget to stop and look up. Then one day I will catch a glimpse of pink and purple out of the corner of my eye and I will find myself looking up. Then as I look up I remember I'm pretty lucky.

I have come to the conclusion that Heavenly Father made the sky so pretty so that we will look up towards him. Maybe, we will even remember as we stare at the pink and purple whispy sky that he loves us.

It is a beautiful day today and that means that it is going to be a beautiful sunset. Just thought you should know.


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Alma 18:30-32
And Ammon said unto him: The heavens is a place where God dwells and all his holy angel. And king Lamoni said: Is it above the earth? And Ammon said: Yea, and he looketh down upon all the children of men; and he knows all the thoughts and intents of the heart; for by his hand were they all created from the beginning.


Prayers and Hugs,





The Sun Came Out

After my last post I feel it is important that I be nice. Say something positive.

Let the world or umm the three. . .

okay two. . .

fine!

whatever!

The one person that reads this blog know that we are okay.

In fact this has been a wonderful four day weekend. Last night was the last night of another class. I have a whole week before the next one begins and I'm not quite sure what I will do with myself.

As for our wonderful weekend. We didn't do anything terribly exciting. The older two had a swim meet Friday and Saturday.

S. is struggling with the whole aging up aspect of swim. She is now officially in the 13-14 year old group. Who also swim a lot of open events that include high schoolers. I guess she is pretty intimidate swimming against those sixteen and seventeen year old girls. In her words, "Mom, they're like, F A S T!" She is having a hard time realizing that a 13 year old swimming a 58 second 100 free is fast. She is just focused on how much faster the other girls swim.

Strange that we all have to go through those stages in life and figure out that it doesn't matter what other people do. Why can't we just listen to our mom's and know it doesn't matter?

A. on the other hand had an awesome meet he swam a total of 7 events 6 he has swam before and he dropped 3-16 seconds in every one of them. It was so much fun to watch his big grinny face and realize how proud he was of himself. Then he swam the 500 free for the first time. The five hundred is 20 lengths or 10 laps. I was way nervous when I saw he had been seeded with 13 and 14 year old boys. Even though they too had no times I was worried they were going to kill him. However, he did awesome he kept a great pace and consistently hit a 46 second split. I was shocked at how steady of pace he kept. He ended the race in just a little over 7 and a half minutes. Again, with a big goofy grin. I just love those big goofy grins of success.

Al. and H. are playing basketball right now. Al has played two games one game they won and one they lost by one basket. She is on a pretty good team who is pretty focused. So strange to me that she hates anything that has to do with moving EXCEPT basketball. Basketball she loves. Crazy kid. She is also in the school play this year. "School House Rock Live." She is learning all those great songs we grew up listening to. I'm excited to see it all come together in April.

H. has just been having practices his first game is tomorrow. Up to now they have just been doing drills and learning the rules of the game. I will have to let you know how the games go. I'm a little worried H. has a tendency to get a little competitive.

The sun is peaking through the clouds and the snow is melting. However, I lived in Utah long enough to know that mother nature is just messing with us. The cold and snow will be back before we know it. I'm not complaining a couple days of sunshine is all I need. We picked up a few packets of seeds and will be starting the first few flats of plants soon. I love the smell of wet, warm, dirt. Reminds me that spring and summer are coming.

I have a couple 52 Blessings post to finish up. With all this sunshine I think I have to get out and take some pictures and soak up a little Vitamin D. I hope you are all having a fantastic week.


Prayers and Hugs,




PS Don't tell Brent I told you this but he has a job interview a week from Thursday so you know any good, positive, prayers you can send out we will take.

January 16, 2010

One Hand or the Other

Sometimes the events in your life are not pleasant.

In fact, sometimes they are just down right ugly.

Sometimes there is no rhyme or reason for the unpleasantness that other people dump into your life.

There are times that I would be perfectly happy to escape to an island and live with only my family all on our lonesome.

But then S. rolls her eyes at me and I change my mind.

Honestly, how many times can she do that before they stick?

I'm not entirely sure what lessons I am suppose to learn when the garbage from other people starts piling up?

This week I have received council that goes from one end of the extreme to the next.

On one hand I have actually been encouraged to press police charges. Not only to press charges but I have been given enough evidence that they would probably stick.

On the other hand I have been told that I should be Christ like, forgive, and feel sorry that someone is going through a hard time.

I am sorry that someone is going through a hard time.

However, how long do I let it affect my life? Correction, how long do I let it affect the life of my child? Do I believe my child is in immediate harm? No. Do I believe that my child is in potential harm? Yes.

We live in a scary world.

I am revisiting the idea of that island.

Then I circle back to the idea that our lives aren't suppose to be perfect. We have lessons to learn and things to do. As for my child well she/he is being a trooper and there is actual confusion and sympathy. There is also a total lack of fear.

So for now I am going to worry, fret and do my darnedest to be sympathetic.

Just not sure how long that is going to last.

Prayers and Hugs,

January 15, 2010

Jamming

I found a new singer to torture you all with. This song is a new release but A. and I were totally jamming to this song. I dare you to listen to it and not join in on the chorus.



Prayers and Hugs,

January 12, 2010

I am Accountable, Sort of

So a mere week after saying, "I'm accountable!" I have not once updated my workout log.

Wanta know why?

Because...

Five am workouts are not FUN!! I have not gotten back into the groove of hauling myself out of bed that early in the morning.

I set the alarm....

It goes off...

I hit snooze...

I snuggle down into my covers....

I sneak my hand out of the covers and turn off the alarm.


Stupid alarm.


Stupid cold weather.

Lovely, lovely, lovely bed.

I need a personal trainer.

Correction, I need a drill sergeant to show up at my house and haul my big ole ..well you know what.. out of bed and get me to the gym.



Yup, that is what I need.

Until that happens I'm not giving up. Somewhere inside me is the determination and motivation to get my but in gear. It is going to happen.

Really.

Oh Whatever!

Snooze...



Prayers and Hugs,






January 10, 2010

One Quarter of One Eighth

I have been hard at work. I have spent the weekend laboring.

I'm pooped.

In fact you could say I'm dog tired.

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What is it that I have been working on?

Fractions!

Adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, teaching, learning, answering....

Fractions, fractions, fractions!

Leaving my brain thumping a tune at a 1/4 of 1/8 x3/16 divided by 9/-11 (Which I'm pretty sure is an improper fraction) (I think it is, at least I answered it was on a quiz.)

I decided to go back to school!
I decided to be a teacher!

I forgot that meant I had to teach math.

Fractions are part of math. Fraction equivalencies are part of math.

Please forgive this post you could say my brain is feeling a little fractured.

Okay, stopping now. Have a great week everyone.

Prayers and Hugs,

January 06, 2010

Better than I Was

This year I have decided that the 52 Blessings challenge will go hand in hand with scripture.

Haven't you ever read a scripture and it touched your heart? Even if you read that same scripture several times there is that one time where it was exactly the words you needed to hear.

That is exactly how I feel about the following scripture. I know that I complain more than anyone when it comes to time. There is never enough, it moves too fast, I never feel like I am caught up.

Well, when I read the following scripture it suddenly dawned on me that time is not my enemy. There is a season for everything a time for all that I do. In the end it isn't the lack of time that is my enemy it is what I do with the time I have.

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"And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper."

Our lives are full of seasons.

Our youth a time to grow, blossom and delight in the warm spring sun. We may suffer a storm or two but we are resilient and full of faith and plans.

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Then we move into the summer of our lives where we soak up the sun, we feed our souls, learn, grow and become wiser.

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Of course there is a fall and winter to our lives.

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However, I have to say that I am probably in the summer of this life. Instead of fretting about the loss of time I need to live in this season and in this time.

So much easier said then done.

Who wants to move backwards anyway?

I know that I am better person than I was. Which means if I keep growing I will be a better person than I am.

I am thankful for the opportunities I have to learn to grow and bring forth the fruit of this season.

Prayers and Hugs,

January 05, 2010

Reaping Happiness?

My hope is that in about 15 minutes there will be enough hot water for me to take a shower and get ready for work.

I'm not holding my breath.

With a family of six there is never enough hot water.

Especially, when your the last one in, after everyone else has showered, the washer has been started and the dishwasher loaded.

BUT. . .

My house is clean or at least resembles clean, I have been to the gym, eaten a healthy breakfast, kicked four kids out the door, and a husband and am blogging.

Honestly as much as I hate getting up and going to the gym in the mornings I am 100% more productive. I get twice as much done and start out the day feeling so much better about life.

Why does something I hate so much have such good consequences?

Why can't getting up at 9 and eating chocolate for an hour reap happiness.

Life is so backwards at times.

You may or may not have noticed my little accountability list on my side bar. I am going to track my workouts on the blog. If you notice that I stop working out just remind me chocolate bad, workouts good. Then run because I have a tendency to growl when people tell me things I don't want to hear but need to hear.

Would that be one of those things that would fall under the category of improving my attitude? Oh well, I'm off to shiver through a cold a shower.

Prayers and Hugs

January 04, 2010

Happy Life

I really should quit being such a Debbie Downer because today turned out to be a fairly decent day. The kids were all great and today was pretty fun.

My fifth grade group made paper airplanes. Of course we had to learn something so we learned all about what makes a plane fly and about how airplane wings are shaped and the laws that keep the plane in the air. Then we threw airplanes all over the place.

I told all of them to make sure they looked like they were learning and not having fun. Every time a teacher walked by they would look all serious.

It made me laugh, what else do I need to make Monday a little less awful.

Reading through my reader today I came across the following picture on one of my favorite blogs Quiet Life.



One of those pictures that just says it all don't you think?

Prayers and Hugs

January 03, 2010

Friday I'm in Love

Hard to believe but vacation is over.

Kid's are on their way to bed and I'm not that far behind them.

I'm trying to decide if I am ready for work tomorrow and I'm pretty sure that tomorrow is going to be a, "Just make it through it day."

Such a great attitude for my whole have a better attitude resolution.

Clicking through my Itunes music looking for the best back to work song and this is the best I came up with.





Does this song in anyway give away my age?

Don't answer that. Just have a good Monday and remember Friday is only 5 short days away.

January 01, 2010

2010 Crazy

Happy New Year everyone, I hope that you all had a fun New Years Eve. We were quite boring this year. Games, sweets and movies with the family. I didn't even make it to midnight. Well midnight here. I made it to midnight somewhere. I am such an old fart.

Oh well, the New year and a new decade is here. Yay!! I have no idea why a new year always makes you feel like anything is possible. I am being such a nerd this year and am actually excited about the new year and all the possibilities.

Hopefully, I sustain this mood when real life, real schedules, and huh humm Christmas bills start on Monday.

Well actually, I am pretty sure I will because that is one of my New Year's Resolutions is to develop a better attitude. Kinda like Willow's New Year's Resolution to suck a little less. Though I have to say in all the years I have known Willow I have never known her to suck. She must have kept that side of her hidden from me.

I have to many New Year's resolutions which of course is a New Year's Resolution no,no. You are just suppose to make one change at a time. WHATEVER!! Well maybe I will just attack one goal at a time or maybe I will just loop them all together and consider it part of my better attitude goal.

That being said there are a few blog related changes taking place. First, I do plan on bringing back the 52 blessings challenge. Which lasted a whole month and a half last year. This year I will be a little more flexible and if I have to post four in one day then that is what I will do. Just as long as there is four to five a month done. I really think that it helps me to concentrate on the good stuff that happens in life.

Second, I will be doing a lot more work on my second blog BK@home (www.bkathome.blogspot.com). The poor little blog died on April 22 last year and it sits all abandoned and lonely. Well it might not have feelings so it may not feel abandoned but I fell like a bad mom every time I see it on my dashboard. I will be bringing it back to life with a few post. Starting with a rehash of our Christmas Eve party. A little run down on the menu and how we handled 30 people in our little home. So add our little home blog to your reader and look for some post.

On a totally non blog related note. Our little group of bikers are planning on attacking the Little Red again this year. However, due to all of our schedules we have decided to opt for the shorter 50-60 mile route. If your interested we would love for you to join us. We are looking forward to the ride and hope to make it a kind of strange and twisted tradition. Let me know.

I have blabbed on and on and if I am going to keep my word on this years resolutions I better get busy. Hope you all have a wonderful day.

Prayers and Hugs