Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Best phrase of the day

Today Natalie, Ethan, Kade and Addi came over for dinner, and then we went and saw Jixie (who, by the way, has started growing her winter coat, and now is as soft as can be, but looks like a wooly mammoth).

While eating dinner, Kade turns to me and tells me that the dinner is so good. Then he says "its life changing." ::laughs hysterically::

That's right - my food is life changing! :)

Monday, September 14, 2009

A busy week

Eric and I have been pretty busy lately. And since I haven't posted at all - here I go!

First, some of you may know that we had to get a new driveway. To make a long story short, we had to prove to the same person about four times, getting him in trouble with his manager about three times, and then last week finding out that our development might have a law suit against them because of the concrete, that our driveway was 1 to 2 inches instead of the 4 to 5 it should be. After a long painful process of showing them that, they took out our whole driveway, and now we have a new one!

Adelaide came and rode Jixie! She had so much fun! Davey, Megan - she's welcome any time!
She got all dressed up for the occasion too! HOW CUTE!
On Labor Day, Eric, Angela, Eric's sister Kristie, and I all went on a hike to Stewart Falls.
This is Roxy... she's so dang cute.
Tucker with Eric and Eric and Ange's dogs - Gracie and Jackson.
Tucker - he's only sitting still for me because I'm about to throw him a rock. haha
On Tuesday, the day after Labor Day, Eric's friend Rick, came and picked up Jixie and we all went for a trail ride. She did sooooo well! I freaked a bit on one part where I thought we would fall off the mountain but TRUST YOUR HORSE is all I can say.
I'm riding Jix - here is her head.
The view off the top - gorgeous.
For lunch, Eric made me a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and cut it out like a dinosaur. Isn't he the best?
After we got home from that, we headed up to Rexburg where my sister Alexa had just been for one day. It was so fun to see her!

Hannah, Alexa's roomie, and Alexa, and a mexican restaurant we went to. I still love Las Margaritas better than any mexican restaurant, and it will be one of the first things I do when I get home this weekend.
Me and Lexi in her living room. I just love BYU dorm walls. haha
After Rexburg, Eric was back at work for the next few days, so we didn't have anything TOO exciting go on. But Saturday, Eric took me on a date to this jeep thing where they all climbed on this car and then we ate at Callie's Cafe for free!

And yes, that's my sexy man on top of that car. :)

That's all for now!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Happy Birthday Stephanie!

Today is my sister's birthday! HAPPY 21st!!!

They are going to Las Margaritas tonight, and I'm jealous!

Also, on her birthday, years ago, the twin towers came down.

I want to take this moment to remember the families who were hurt by this personally, and men, women, and children on the planes that had to sacrifice their lives.

I want to thank God for this beautiful country and the freedoms we enjoy, which we should never take for granted.


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The ones I love

One day a teacher asked her students to list the names of the other students in the room on two sheets of paper, leaving a space between each name. Then she told them to think of the nicest thing they could say about each of their classmates and write it down.

It took the remainder of the class period to finish their assignment, and as the students left the room, each one handed in the papers.

That Saturday, the teacher wrote down the name of each student on a separate sheet of paper, and listed what everyone else had said about that individual.

On Monday she gave each student his or her list.. Before long, the entire class was smiling. 'Really?' she heard whispered. 'I never knew that I meant anything to anyone!' and, 'I didn't know others liked me so much,' were most of the comments.

No one ever mentioned those papers in class again. She never knew if they discussed them after class or with their parents, but it didn't matter. The exercise had accomplished its purpose. The students were happy with themselves and one another. That group of students moved on.

Several years later, one of the students was killed in Vietnam and his teacher attended the funeral of that special student. She had never seen a serviceman in a military coffin before. He looked so handsome, so mature.

The church was packed with his friends. One by one those who loved him took a last walk by the coffin. The teacher was the last one to bless the coffin.

As she stood there, one of the soldiers who acted as pallbearer came up to her.

'Were you Mark's math teacher?' he asked. She nodded: 'yes.' Then he said: 'Mark talked about you a lot.'

After the funeral, most of Mark's former classmates went together to a luncheon. Mark's mother and father were there, obviously waiting to speak with his teacher.

'We want to show you something,' his father said, taking a wallet out of his pocket 'They found this on Mark when he was killed. We thought you might recognize it.'

Opening the billfold, he carefully removed two worn pieces of notebook paper that had obviously been taped, folded and refolded many times. The teacher knew without looking that the papers were the ones on which she had listed all the good things each of Mark's classmates had said about him.

'Thank you so much for doing that,' Mark's mother said. 'As you can see, Mark treasured it.'

All of Mark's former classmates started to gather around. Charlie smiled rather sheepishly and said, 'I still have my list. It's in the top drawer of my desk at home.'

Chuck's wife said, 'Chuck asked me to put his in our wedding album.'

I have mine too,' Marilyn said. 'It's in my diary'

Then Vicki, another classmate, reached into her pocketbook, took out her wallet and showed her worn and frazzled list to the group. 'I carry this with me at all times,' Vicki said and without batting an eyelash, she continued: 'I think we all saved our lists'

That's when the teacher finally sat down and cried. She cried for Mark and for all his friends who would never see him again.

The density of people in society is so thick that we forget that life will end one day. And we don't know when that one day will be.

So please, tell the people you love and care for, that they are special and important. Tell them, before it is too late.