I need good workout music. I want to download good workout songs....songs that will keep me motivated. Songs that are fun and will keep my speed up on the elliptical. Any suggestions? What do you listen to when you workout/walk/jog/run/clean the house/etc?
Sunday, June 29, 2008
I am so blessed to have so many great teachers in my life! My friends and loved ones have recently endured so much....and have done so with such great faith. I have learned so much from the way they have faced their trials. Jon and Stephanie have taught me so much...and today my friend Rochelle taught me again. She has been battling breast cancer for about 9 or 10 months. Today I read that the cancer has spread to her brain. She is once again fighting with such faith! She is determined to beat this. She is so optimistic and upbeat. She is such a great example! So I ask all of you, my teachers, to pray for these friends of mine. Pray for continued peace for Jon and Stephanie and pray for health for Rochelle! Thanks for teaching me, in your own little way!
Posted by Sleepless In St. George at 5:10 PM
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Neil called for me to come quick...and this is what I found... The problem: we have a shampoo bottle with a pump
The second problem: it was on the shower floor
The third problem: the adorable little thing can open every door in our house
Luckily she hadn't had her bath. It was so adorable....the first time. The next time, when she had already had her bath and was in her p.j.'s.....wasn't quite as cute! Now all the bathroom doors are locked and the kids have to yell for me when they need to use the bathroom. I just keep thinking...this too shall pass....and then I will be sad when it does!
Monday, June 23, 2008
Clearly not blogging. Yet I need to. I have had such crazy weeks lately (I thought summer was suppose to be slower then when school is in?) So besides playing catch up with my blogging, I am also avoiding. I should be cleaning house (Neil's brother and wife and their 9 kids are coming tonight...then again they have 9 kids....should I bother to clean before they come?) I also am avoiding my sewing room. I have made dresses for many flower girls, my own girls, prom dresses and many many baby blessing gowns. I also have made like a gajillion (is that a word) diaper bags and burp rags. Yet I am currently making one of the most important dresses I have ever made. When my friend Mary Beth had her first baby I made her a blessing gown (although two weeks before she was born we found out she was a he) So both her kids wore it. Now Mary Beth and her husband are going to the temple to be sealed as a family and I am making her little girl Brooke's (yes named for my Brooke) dress. I love the pattern, I love the material (yummy silk) I love to sew...yet I hate sewing this dress. Nothing is going right on it. I get a little angrier every time I start to work on it because something goes wrong. Visually it looks great....just don't turn it inside out and take a look at it. I feel like it looks worse (from the inside) then the very first project I ever made:( I am at the point where I just want it over with....but I also want it to be an amazing dress for an amazing little girl and family. So right now I am avoiding....and will probably secretly sneak in my sewing room in the middle of the night to get the darn thing finished. (Don't worry MaryBeth....the dress will look great and I love doing it, I just want it to go a lot smoother. Oh and don't look at the hem I refuse to pick it out another time) So now all of you can reap the rewards of my avoiding....instead I am power blogging. (Does power blogging work like power aerobics and help with weight loss?)
Posted by Sleepless In St. George at 3:04 PM
The McKellebs are back from Law School for a 10 day visit. We are so excited to have them back, at least for a little while. The kid's picked up right where they left off. Brooke and Brianna gave one another makeovers....with their eyes closed! Such cute and creative girls. They wouldn't let me post the finished product!
Yes Camden is now a 1st grader! I can't believe it. He is getting so grown up! School got out around the 20th of May but our summer has been so busy that I am just now getting the pictures loaded. My camera was about to die, so I got very few pictures to choose from.
Camden appeared bored throughout the entire thing. Although he sang, he didn't look very happy about it!
He was so bored that quite a few times I found him yawning!The graduate receives his diploma! Great job Cam. You have learned to read, do much harder math then ever before and attended your first year of computers and P.E. I know you will love 1st grade.
Saying goodbye to Mrs. Cornwall. She collects frogs and has thousands of them in her classroom. Cam is still growing his hair out and loves that it is not a buzz cut!
Saturday, June 21, 2008
I don't have any delusions that I am in fashion. I know I am not that cool when it comes to my clothes and hair....but I also know that I am not anywhere close to looking like the polygamists that live around here. Today while at the airport picking up my nephew I was able to people watch....something I haven't don't for a long time. I thought I would share with you some of the things I learned.
1. At some point every female should stop wearing short skirts...the kind that barely cover your bum.....my preference would be before you reach the age of 45!
2. Unless you are a size 2/4 you should not wear stretch pants...especially if you are pairing it with a crop top and really really really chunky black shoes.
3. I don't think that the shirt that you buy for your 7 year old while you are in Vegas should read "What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas". For some reason it doesn't strike me as age appropriate. (then again we know I am not a "fashion" guru)
4. Cowboy hats do not go with everything...especially with jogging suits.
5. I know pajamas are comfortable...but some places they shouldn't be worn....like in public!
6. You know those really cute chunky necklaces, the ones with the beads that are the size of like ping pong balls, I would try limiting how many you wear at one time....you don't have to wear your entire collection with one outfit.
and last but not least, and perhaps the most important...
7. I don't care how small your chest is....there comes a point when every woman needs to wear a bra in public....I know that 65 is well past that age, especially if you are wearing a white tank top.
Now if I have gotten any of these rules wrong please let me know...I am not here to judge, just to improve my own fashion sense and those around me!
Posted by Sleepless In St. George at 9:15 PM
Posted by Sleepless In St. George at 9:06 PM
Sunday, June 15, 2008
I learned today that a dear friend I grew up with is going through a terrible trial in life. Yesterday his little one year old had an accident in the family hot tub. She has been in the hospital since and the latest word is they will be taking her off the respirator today. I ask that you join me in praying for the family as they endure the loss of a child, something that I am sure we all fear more then anything. I also pray that we will use this as a reminder to hug our kids a little longer, give out kisses a little more often and get upset with them a lot less! I hope and pray Jonathan and Stephanie will find some comfort during this terrible ordeal!
Posted by Sleepless In St. George at 7:45 PM
I just want to say Happy Father's Day to all the great dad's out there....especially the two in my life! I have a great dad! He is so very kind. He is thoughtful, spiritual and a great teacher. When he retired from his career at the telephone company he went on to teach Spanish at my old high school! Whenever he visits he does all the cooking...and he even makes meals and freezes them so I can feed my kids after he leaves. What a great dad! I love you!
Neil is the love of my life and an amazing dad. Neil has always been so great to get up in the night with our babies. He is so good at teaching the kids things like baseball. He has coached some of the kids teams as they have played different sports. He is a great example to the kids also. He always does his best to fulfill his church calling, is so kind to me and always makes sure we go on dates and to the temple together. He also supports me in my time consuming callings and activities. Neil is a great dad and we love him. So Happy Father's Day. Hope you have as great a dad as we do!
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Well we survived another week of summer! I was so excited for summer. I thought we would relax and have fun! Well we have had fun....but it has been anything but relaxing. Here is our week in review.
Sunday: After church I did something to my back and was not able to bend over.
Monday: 9 am: Camden goes to Science camp, I pick up the teachers twins to watch for 3 hours (they are super great 3 year olds. They play so well together and are very easy to tend)
10 am: Brooke goes to math workshop (she is going 4 days a week for most of the summer for an hour a day)
11 am: pick up Brooke
12 noon: take twins back, get Camden.
12:30 : go to a friends to swim with all the kids. (it is such a process for us to all get ready to swim (the soaking in the pool helped my back feel a little better, until I got out and had to bend over again!)
3 pm: go to friends house for a massage (worked wonders on my back and made me functional again)
6:30 pm: Brooke had a baseball game
Tuesday: Brooke had math in the morning then we went to the ward young mommies swimming time. We will go every Tuesday morning to swim at a neighborhood pool
5:30 Camden and Easton have T-ball practice
Wednesday: almost a repeat of Monday
9 am: Camden to science camp
10 am: Brooke to math
11 am: pick up Brooke
11:15 am: friend Val calls and her gradma-in-law is not doing well. All the family members are gathering in the hospital to say their goodbyes. I take her cutie boy Stockton for a few hours while she goes to the hospital.
12: pick up Camden from camp....we then make a quick run to the grocery store while Brooke tends the other kids
5:30 pm:Camden and Easton have a t ball game (Easton got a great line drive on his first pitch from the coach and Camden made 4 outs!)
6:30 pm: Brooke has a baseball game. Brooke got a really nice hit and was part of a double play!
Thursday: 10 am: Brooke to math
1 pm: I went to practice singing a few songs that I have to memorize. We have a fantastic pianist in the ward and she was gracious enough to help me!
3:45 Camden and Brooke to play practice (Camden is going to join Brooke in the production of little rascals. Brooke is playing Ms. Crabtree and Camden is Porky!)
Neil was suppose to go to scout camp today, but the boys go snowed out (not far from here, and it is June. That is crazy! While they had snow on Thursday our temps were fantastic (Friday was 93) So Neil stayed home, since he already had the time off, and worked on the basement!
Friday: Neil was home again today!
9 am: Camden went to his last day of science camp (he absolutely loved it!)
while Cam was gone Neil tiled the back splash in the kids bathroom. He also put up the light fixtures. Now all we need is the trim and the mirrors!
10 am: Brooke and Easton went to the movies (every Friday at the Sunset theatres there will be a $2 movie. This week it was Mr. Magorium (sp) Wonder Emporium. Next week is water horse! They went with a friend since I was watching the twins. I purchased the full summer of movies...so the tickets were $1 each instead of $2! So we will be going there each Friday at 10. They also do it on Saturdays at 10!
12 noon: picked up Cam. He couldn't stop talking about the "Snap Circuit" set he played with. He loved working with electricity and this is a very kid friendly set! Check it out if you have a boy that either likes working with kinex's or with Lego's! They are priced pretty good too!
4:30 pm: the kids all went to stay the night at a friends house.
7 pm: Neil and I went with friends (and Addison) to see Indiana Jones. I almost hate to admit, this is the first one I have ever seen. Addison did great. She loved eating the popcorn and feeding it to everyone. She did climb into our friend Phil's lap and burrowed in when it got a little scary for her. She was so quiet and still through most of the movie! Afterwards we went to dinner!
So there was our busy week....next week will be so much lighter! Thank goodness. Today we are going to home depot kids club (first Saturday of the month they do a free kids craft, like build a tool box or flower pot holder or butterfly house. The kids love it. They also got an apron the first time and each project they do they get a pin to put on their apron that says what project they have done! Lowe's does it the 2nd and 4th Saturdays! Hope you have a great weekend!