Wednesday, April 16, 2014

My Choice to Believe

Two days of peace, two days of knowledge, inspiration, and calls to do better.

As I listened to LDS general conference,  I kept hearing the word choice.  The choice to pick faith, the choice to obey, the choice to enjoy the rain before looking for the rainbow.
We are able to make a choice, we need to make a choice.

As the world's morals continue to turn, flip and flop every direction with the wind, we are going to have to choose to stand firm, to choose where we stand, what we know is right.

It will no longer be enough to just stand idly hiding and harboring in our own homes as the winds howl around us.  Slowly chipping away, eroding all that is good and true.  We have to physically choose.   To choose to stand strong, even to choose to face the winds head on at times, saying enough is enough.

It will be hard at times, it will be unpopular at times but if we know it is right then we have to do it.

It will be hard but it is through those hard times, those times where we are carrying a load that we grow

Today I choose, I choose to believe, I choose to let my light shine, I choose to show more kindness, to look out for those around me, I choose to know that there is an eternal truth, a rock that we can build on.  I choose to not give up, to not lose hope, to turn it all over to my Savior Jesus Christ when I just cannot do it (which is pretty much all the time).

I choose and I will not back down.
Even as I type this my heart races as I know by drawing the line there will be opposition as there is always opposition to truth.

But it is time, time to replace fear with faith, time to choose. 
I made my choice.

 To see a lot more great quotes, check out Today's The Best Day's Post  or LDS Living's post, also you can watch or read any of the conference talks here 

Linking with Shell

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Craftastic Saturday

This weekend I spent the day with an awesome bunch of ladies just crafting all day at Craftastic Saturday, sounds perfect right?  It really was, especially since I ended the day by going on a date with my husband.  Girl's day and a date with my man, perfect.

Angela and Stacy of Bubba's Basics put the whole thing together, including the yummy bagels and fruit to get us started, all of the project and the awesome lunch.  They did a ton of work.
We started off the day with a couple of projects, a cupcake plate stand and a pallet decor.

For the pallet they didn't give us any sample ideas, as they hadn't figured what they wanted on their own pallets.  Despite all of us being a bunch of crafters we were stumped, quickly scrambling to pull up Pinterest for ideas.

But soon our creative juices got flowing and it was so awesome to see all of the different ideas everyone came up with.

I made a family sign (thanks to the school teacher that was there who helped me with writing the word family as I cannot write neatly).

After a yummy lunch....
we got started on our wreaths.

Several of us covered our letters with moss.  We used mod podge to stick the moss on and let's just say it was a pain!
Some of us felt like we were even growing moss by the time we were done.

Then we made the butterfly jars.  We glued down half a styrofoam ball and covered it with moss, then we stuck butterflies on thin little wires into the ball.  Looking back it would have been way easier to stick the butterflies in the ball then glue down the moss as my wires kept bending when I tried to poke them in after the fact.   Some of the ladies glued their ball to the lid of the jar and turned the whole thing upside down and I liked that look better, live and learn right?
The day was also wonderful as I got to spend it with my friend Amanda of Kaleidoscope of Colors whom I met a little while back at the SoCal Social.  She has the cutest baby bump and the cutest retro maturity shirt she made herself.

It was a fun day and not only did I come home with the projects I made but a bag full of goodies from all the great sponsors.

Have you done any crafting projects recently?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Don't Read My Mind

Last week as I was wandering thorough Target, a dangerous thing to do as the more I wander the more things jump into my cart, I had a thought....

I am really glad people can't read minds.

When asked if you could have a super power, some wish for strength, some wish for speed, some wish to read minds.

Now, I will admit there have definitely been many times where I wish I could know what someone is thinking or know if my kids are hiding something from me.

Sometimes I think I wish I could know what someone really thinks about it me....  but then wait a minute, I don't think I really want to know.

"She's really wearing that today?"  "Oh her kids are probably going to cause trouble"  "Wow, did she even run a brush though her hair"

Those little thoughts, those little things that people might quickly think but then often even dismiss in their own minds, if I heard them I think it would be paralyzing, make it impossible to make any decision, do anything without worrying and second guessing.

Plus if I had the ability to read minds, that would mean there was a good chance someone else had that same ability, then last week as I wandered through Target they would have heard this

"Man my underwear is riding up something horrible, I really need to pick it out!"

And really, no one wants to hear that.

Would you want to read someone's mind?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday 5 Things kids do

Friday 5 Time! (#Friday5) Sharing 5 things and 5 pictures from the week.   Fun easy post you can join in each week.  Each week I get to introduce you to another great blogger with a weekly guest host.

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Heather is third lady on left right next to me.
This week's guest host is Heather from Adventures of my Life.  I actually met Heather last year at a blogging dinner at Marie Callender's.  She was so sweet and brought each of us a little goodie bag even!

I asked Heather 5 questions

1. How long have you been blogging?  I have been blogging since 2010. So about 4 years.

2. What is your blog about, what do you like about blogging?  My blog is about my life and what matters most to me. I like blogging because I have the ability to connect with people all over the world.

3. Describe yourself in 10 words or less. I am a Christian, Wife, Mother, and  Educator.

4. What is your dream vacation.  My dream vacation is a trip to a tropical location.

5.  What is a favorite movie you have seen recently?  My favorite movie that I have seen recently is Frozen. It is such a cute movie.

***You can find Heather on her blog//Facebook//Instagram//Pinterest***

5 Things

1. A couple nights ago, Ryder was just done.  He lay on the floor crying, saying he was too tired to help clean (though a minute before he had been running around).  I suggested he just go to bed, but this set him off more as after we cleaned we were going to have Family Home Evening and he did not want to miss that.

So he said he would try, he then stood up and immediately "collapsed" saying he couldn't move as his 'leg was broken'.

I sighed and asked him "Did you learn this from your sister?"
To which he replied while still "crying": "YES!"

2.  Ryder was helping me carry in groceries, our car was parked in the shade (we have too much stuff in our garage to park in it), and he kept carrying the groceries away from the house into the sunlight, then would turn around and bring them inside.    When I asked why he was doing this, he very seriously said "I am making the groceries lighter by taking them into the light."

3. I have been a slacker about working out lately, but two nights ago when I realized I now weigh more than I ever have (other than being pregnant) I knew it was time to get back to it. I decided to do Jillian Michael's 6 week to 6 pack workout, as all of my extra weight is in my midsection.  I was dripping sweat by the time I was done and felt sick, I ended up laying down on the floor and ended up falling asleep.  Day two is today, wish me luck.

4. This weekend was a spiritual high weekend with so many amazing talks at LDS General Conference.  I will be sharing some of my thoughts and favorite quotes next week-- or just go read my twitter feed from the weekend and as I tweeted a lot.

5. I finished The Way of Kings!  So I should be around more... oh wait, I started the second book. Darn books that suck me in, I love and hate them.  Don't worry, I actually have a few posts already written for next week, so I will be around.

5 Pictures

They opened a new location close to me- and yes this might just be a new habit!
So this is Eric's picture that I stole- all of us watching conference on Sunday
Who eats an ice-cream sandwich like that?

Rockstar in the house!
My helper after carrying his groceries into the light

What is your Friday 5?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Throw Back Thursday

I am almost finished reading my book, so hard to put down!  So for now, a little throw back Thursday.

Come back tomorrow for Friday Five, as I should be back to the real world by then.

A throw back to one of the first pictures on my blog, when I used to post them a much smaller size, so the screen shot I captured is blurry.

Lucas and Alex having fun in a moving box when we first moved to California.   Time really does go so fast and I can't believe how much my blog has changed since then.