Sunday, November 29, 2009

What am I dreaming about? Part 1

"There is no substitute under the heavens for productive labor. It is the process by which dreams become realities. It is the process by which idle visions become dynamic achievements."

~President Gordon B. Hinckley, "I Believe," Ensign, Aug 1992, 4.


My Dreams? What are those? I live so often in reality that I forget this little addition to my life. There are many things that I want to accomplish. Many thoughts that are still in the vision stage.

Just what am I going to do with them?

Will they stay idle visions or become dynamic achievements?

Friday, November 27, 2009

Blind Side

I went this afternoon to see Blind Side. The new football movie. I HIGHLY recommend the movie. It was Wonderful.

Go see it.

Take a box of tissues. I cried for the first 45 minutes. You will need the tissues.

Sandra Bullock was an awesome mom. Tim McGraw was the best husband. He had the best comments. He made me chuckle many times. The little boy was great.

Go see it. I don't pay full price for movies ever and I would pay multiple times to see this one.

It was great.

I am Grateful For:

. . . my hubby,

. . . bowling,

. . . cute nephews that think I will eat a baby to get it in my tummy (so adorable),

. . . food,

. . . sunshine,

. . . Football,

. . . exercising,

. . . hiking,

. . . apple pie,

. . . sleeping,

. . . snuggled up with my hubby watching a movie,

. . . and vacations.

What are you thankful for?

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday.

Monday, November 23, 2009


So, I go through major withdrawals when my internet is down. And it always seems to act up when I want it the most. I had so much to share last week. FOody Friday. My thought on Sunday.

I just get so frustrated. Not to mention I can't read what you are all up to. URGGGG!

My Catch up:

I went to see my younger brothers in their High School play. It was really good. Guys and Dolls. It was very well done. The girl who plays Adelaide is wonderful. Anyone who is in the Orem area should go see it tonight. It's closing night and I am pretty sure they still have tickets.

They are $5 a person. (I don't really know if kids are cheaper since I'm pouching mine at the moment and we get a two for one deal when they cant see her)

Located at Mountain View High School. On Center Street in Orem. If you get off I-15 at Center Street in Orem and go East (left) it will be on your south side (right hand).

Starts at 7pm

It was well worth the $5. Mountain View has been putting on some spectacular shows in the last few years. Wonderful. Better than most High School productions I've seen.

Recipe will come Friday, UNLESS anyone wants one sooner.


Whose Job Is It?

This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody's job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.

which body are you?

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Baby Registry Question

I was just checking up on my baby registry and was wondering if any of you had some suggestions of things that are "ABSOLUTE MUSTS" for a new baby?

Anything that I should make sure is on my registry or make sure that I don't go without?

What do you like to use?


Sunday, November 15, 2009

What am I Really Looking For?

A young man came to Socrates and inquired as to how he could obtain the knowledge Socrates possessed. The young man was invited by the great philosopher to follow him, and they walked until they came to a river. Without pausing, Socrates walked out where the water was chest high, and the young man followed. Socrates grabbed the inquirer, plunged him under the water and held him there until he passed out. He then dragged him to the shore and let him lie.

When the young man came to and his strength returned he sought Socrates again and asked, "Why did you do that? I almost lost my life!" Socrates replied, "While you were under the water, what did you want more than anything else?" The young man answered, "Air." Socrates said, "As soon as you want knowledge as much as you wanted air, nothing on the face of the earth can keep you from getting it."


Just questions I asked myself after reading this story:

What do I want? REALLY.

How important is it to me?

How much am I willing to sacrifice for it?

Am I headed in the direction of obtaining it?

What are the next steps?


What did you think about after reading this story?

Friday, November 13, 2009

Hamburger Pie

This recipe was so good. The best Shepherds Pie I have ever had. I got it out of a novel I read this week, A Star In Winter. After every chapter there was a recipe for whatever was made in that particular part of the story. I was short on food (hadn't done the grocery shopping yet this week) and I thought I would give it a try.

Here it is:

Brown 1 lb. of ground beef and add the following to taste:

Salt and pepper
Minced onion (I used dried onion flakes. They worked well)
Garlic powder
Dried Parsley
Worcestershire sauce (this really made the flavor)

Then add:

One can of green beans, drained
Two 8-oz cans of tomato sauce.

Spread in casserole dish.

Spread hot mashed potatoes on top.

Sprinkle with shredded cheese and put in 350 degree oven until cheese is melted.

Yum, YUM! It was so good. I might try more veggies in it next time. I love my veggies.

***recipe from A Star in Winter by Anita Stansfield, pg 23***

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Gathering Christmas

Gathering Christmas by Larry R. Laycock

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I liked this book so much, I thought I would share it with you. This was a wonderful way for me to start my Christmas season. This book has drifted around my house since I was a little girl, but I never read it. The spirit that flows through the book will touch your heart. It makes me want to be the older couple when I've been married 40 years.

I would recommend reading it aloud with your spouse and/or children. But be prepared to explain why the old man is dressed up as Santa to your younger ones. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Remembrance Day

In Flanders Fields

by Lieutenant Colonel John MrCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.


This is one of my favorite poems. It won it's way into my heart when I was a little girl. Every year in school, for our Remembrance Day Assembly, we would recite this poem together. I still have the first two stanzas memorized. (I surprised myself today) I remember the poppies that were sold in the schools to make money for the veterans. It was a holiday that I loved to be a part of.

I am truly grateful for the freedoms that I enjoy because of what others have sacrificed.

I hope you have a wonderful Remembrance Day.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

You Know you are pregnant when. . . sneeze and you pee at the same time.

...your stomach shifts in the car when you turn the corner. wake up deathly thirsty at 3 am in the morning. have to pee even though your are desperately thirsty. want rice with ketchup and mayonnaise on it. clean EVERYTHING in sight (multiple times) and you can't handle watching the inadequate cleaning skills of anyone else. eat everything in sight. can't find that perfect position to sleep in. have butterflies swarming the inside of your abdomen. take a sandwich to church because your meetings run over lunch time. spontaneously fall asleep in the middle of the day, interrupting your activity. cry when you see a movie trailer.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Our Deepest Fear. . .

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world.
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.

You were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within you.
It is not just in some of us; it's in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear. Our presence automatically liberates others.

**Nelson Mandela, 1994 Inaugural Speech**

Saturday, November 7, 2009

FOODY FRIDAY: a day late.. . . . what can ya do?


This is one of my favorite recipes from when I was little. It was an easy one for me to help mom out with.



2 C. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 C. mushed banana
1/2 C. butter (softened)
1 C. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl cream butter, sugar and vanilla together.

In a separate, small bowl mash banana with a fork.

Add the banana to creamed ingredients.
Add the remaining ingredients to the large bowl.

Pour into two greased bread pans.

Cook for at least 45 minutes. Until the toothpick comes out clean.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

OREM, UT Haunted House

This house was amazingly decorated. The gentleman who lives here apparently spends all year long planning for Halloween. He loves it. His lawn is more of dirt all year long just to give his Halloween decor that special effect.

This house is on the corner of 300 East 260 South. I'm not sure how long after Halloween he leaves the decorations up, but I would highly recommend visiting next year. There is a donation box to help with the cost of electricity and maintenance. Feel free to donate to the box if you like the display.

Here are just a few pics that I got with my phone. (it was really dark. I did my best)

Monday, November 2, 2009

Seasonal Traditions???

Monday, Monday. Na na na na na na

So, it's another week after a really good weekend. My hubby and I went down to Utah County to visit family and celebrate Halloween. It was a whole lot of fun. We visited the most elaborately decorated house in Orem. It was awesome. (I will download pics tomorrow I think) You can't miss seeing it next year. AH-MA-ZING!

It's November already. Can anyone believe it? Fall has been upon us for four weeks (last week it felt like winter). Christmas is coming. Are you ready? I know I'm not. Not yet, anyway.

Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Valentine's Day in the next few months. Exciting. I love the fall season. There are so many traditions and fun things I can't wait to share with you.

What are your traditions?

What activities do you never miss?


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