Monday, March 31, 2008

RETREAT

WOW, THIS IS THE PERFECT FOLLOW UP TO MY LAST ENTRY. I JUST GOT BACK FROM OUR ANNUAL COUSIN'S RETREAT. WE STAYED AT THE BEAUTIFUL FALCON RIDGE HOTEL IN MESQUITE, NV. IT IS A TIME TO RELAX, REJUVENATE, REFOCUS AND GET RE-ACQUAINTED WITH FAMILY MEMBERS YOU HAVEN'T SEEN IN A LONG TIME. THANK YOU TO MY WONDERFUL COUSINS AMBER, MELISSA, AND SIMCAH WHO PLANNED A FABULOUS AND FUN WEEKEND FOR US. I HAD A BLAST. THANK YOU TO MY BROTHER AND SISTER, MILES AND COLETTE, FOR WATCHING MY KIDS AND ESPECIALLY THANK YOU TO MY ADORABLE HUBBY FOR ALL THE HARD WORK YOU DID WITH THE KIDS WHILE I WAS AWAY. I LOVE YOU.
YEAH, I WOULD DEFINITELY SUGGEST A RETREAT. PLAN ONE WITH YOUR SISTERS AND COUSINS. IT IS SO MUCH FUN. I CAME HOME WITH SO MUCH ENTHUSIASM ABOUT MY JOB AS A WIFE AND MOM. NOT THAT I DON'T LOVE BEING A MOM, BUT IT WAS AWESOME TO GAIN STRENGTH FROM HEARING THAT EVERY ONE ELSE YOU LOVE AND LOOK UP TO IS GOING THROUGH THE SAME THINGS YOU ARE AND THEY ARE SURVIVING. YOU WILL LAUGH A TON. THE JACUZZI WAS BROKEN SO WE ALL TOOK TURNS SQUISHING IN TO THE EXTRA LARGE BATH WITH JETS THAT WAS IN THE SUITE THEY GAVE US. WE LAUGHED, WE CRIED, AND WE FELT THE SPIRIT. I LOVE RETREATING.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

BEING A MOM IS HARD WORK..........BUT TOTALLY WORTH IT.




I KNOW IT IS KINDA A CLICHE BUT IT IS SO TRUE THAT YOU WILL NEVER KNOW HOW HARD IT IS TO BE A MOM UNTIL YOU BECOME ONE. I THOUGHT I KNEW, BUT I DIDN'T. AND, YOU TOTALLY APPRECIATE YOUR OWN MOM MORE.
I ALWAYS TOLD MYSELF THAT I WAS NOT GOING TO BE ONE OF THOSE MOMS WHO "NEEDED A BREAK" EVERY NOW AND THEN FROM MY KIDS, BUT NOW I UNDERSTAND THAT IT'S NORMAL. I DON'T KNOW ONE WOMAN WHO FEELS DIFFERENTLY AND IT'S OKAY. THAT IS WHAT I HAVE LEARNED. YOU WOULD GO INSANE IF YOU DIDN'T GET THAT ALONE TIME. IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO TAKE THAT TIME SO THAT YOU DON'T LOSE YOUR SENSE OF SELF. I'M STARTING TO SOUND PREACHY SO I WILL MOVE ON TO SAY THANK YOU TO MY HUSBAND AND FAMILY AND FRIENDS WHO HELP OUT IN THAT AREA. I APPRECIATE IT SO MUCH, BUT EVEN MORE THAN THAT, I LOVE MY KIDS BEYOND WHAT WORDS CAN DESCRIBE. THEY ARE MY WHOLE WORLD. THERE IS NOTHING BETTER THAN BEING A MOM.

A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND, BUT I GOT THE BEST MAN!


SO, AS MANY OF YOU KNOW, IT WAS MY HUSBAND'S BIRTHDAY YESTERDAY. I JUST WANT TO SEND OUT THIS SPECIAL BLOG FOR HIM. I WANT ALL THE WORLD TO KNOW THAT I LOVE HIM SO MUCH AND THAT HE IS THE BEST. THANK YOU, HONEY, FOR BEING THE GREATEST HUSBAND AND FATHER A FAMILY COULD ASK FOR. WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH. HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

Monday, March 3, 2008

TAG.....I GUESS

THIS IS KINDA DIFFERENT, BUT I WILL DO IT FOR YOU ALISE.

10 YEARS AGO I WAS ABOUT TO TURN 17. I HAD A BOYFRIEND WHO I WAS KINDA MEAN TO. HE GAVE ME MY FIRST "REAL" KISS AROUND THIS TIME TEN YEARS AGO, BUT I DUMPED HIM SHORTLY AFTER THAT. I ALSO GOT IN MY FIRST CAR ACCIDENT AROUND THE SAME TIME. THE FIRST OF MANY, BUT I AM GLAD TO SAY I HAVE BEEN ACCIDENT FREE NOW FOR ABOUT FIVE YEARS.

5 THINGS ON MY TO-DO LIST FOR TODAY: TAKE THE KIDS TO THE LIBRARY, BUY ORANGE JUICE, PAY A BILL, WORK OUT, AND WRITE IN MY JOURNAL FOR THIS 13 DAYS CLOSER TO CHRIST THING OUR RELIEF SOCIETY IS DOING.

SOME SNACKS I ENJOY: WHERE DO I START? I LOVE JUNK FOOD. HOMEMADE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES, ICE CREAM, PITA WITH HUMMUS DIP, PIZZA, VEGGIES AND DIP, DILL PICKLES, AND ANYTHING FROM PANERA. I'M SO SAD THEY PUT ONE IN IN REDLANDS.

IF I WERE SUDDENLY A BILLIONAIRE I WOULD: SELFISHLY GO ON A SHOPPING SPREE FOR NEW CLOTHES. I LOVE FASHION AND NEW CLOTHES, BUT I HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT THEY ARE THINGS THAT I CAN'T TAKE WITH ME TO HEAVEN. THEN I WOULD GIVE AS MUCH OF IT TO DIFFERENT CHARITIES AS I COULD. I'D DEFINITELY BUY A HOUSE TOO.

5 PLACES I HAVE LIVED: MONROVIA, UPLAND, RANCHO CUCAMONGA, SALT LAKE CITY, AND MENTONE.

5 JOBS I HAVE HAD: CATERING, WAITRESS AT MIMI'S CAFE FOR THREE YEARS, A SUBSTITUTE TEACHER, ASST. MANAGER OF COPY CENTER AT OFFICE DEPOT, AND LIBRARIAN.

5 THINGS PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT ME: I PERFORMED IN A CHILDREN'S SINGING GROUP MY WHOLE CHILDHOOD. I WAS THE CO-CAPTAIN OF THE DANCE TEAM IN HIGH SCHOOL, I ATE SNAILS ONCE WHEN I WAS A BABY (STRAIGHT OUT OF THE GARDEN), I CAN BE KINDA SHY AROUND PEOPLE I DON'T KNOW, AND I WAITED FOR A MISSIONARY UP UNTIL SIX WEEKS BEFORE HE WAS SUPPOSED TO COME HOME AND THEN I BROKE UP WITH HIM IN AN EMAIL.

THREE PEOPLE I TAG ARE ASHLEY PATTERSON, BRITTNEY, AND MELINA