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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Just a few pictures

I babysat Andrew on Saturday and I took a couple pictures of him with my nice camera. I am glad he motivates me to get it out. As a side note one of my lenses wore out. It needs to be replaced, so expensive. Such a bummer. Luckily I have a couple back ups:)

One exchange went something like this. Hey there is Aunt LaNell's phone!!!!!!
Is she looking at me? Yes, dang it.
 Well I am pretty cute so I will pretend like we didn't just make eye contact and go for it anyways.
 Yes it's mine! Wait why is she still looking at me.
 I don't care I must play with it.
 Everyone needs to calm down I know how to use a phone.
 This kid is so funny. He makes me laugh every time I see him. He was trying to be so sneaky. It all went down in slow motion. Love this little boy!

Here are a few more. . . . . .

I really wanted to take him to the park. So I bundled him up and we walked there only to learn that everything was covered in frost. Obviously I don't have children. He fell asleep on the way home. What an angel.
 Then he woke up and his cheeks were so rosy and he was so happy
so we took some more pictures
 So handsome, but not quite ready to smile yet
 It is so fun to watch how he learns and explores the world.
He is so innocent and I love it. I hope everyone always treats him well.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

 It has been quite warm for January. I am grateful for that! Last week was great. I ate well, I exercised well. I was super productive. This week has been the opposite. It just started off bad and today was the first time it felt a little better. I was sick on Sunday, Slipped on the ice running Monday morning, dislocated my shoulder Monday at basketball. One of those days that while driving home I was laughing at how pathetic I felt so that I would not cry. Not because I was sad but because it was so frustrating. The light at the end of the tunnel is that the high school girls are playing some amazing basketball right now! It has been super fun to watch and coach.

On Saturday I did finish the quilt for Anthony I started 3 years ago when he was on his mission. Moki has this thing where she wants to be right in the middle of any project I am working on. It's a little obnoxious. The quilt is so warm. I didn't really want to give it to him.
 I went to Dick's Sporting Goods to buy a couple of things and found the best deal ever. A hoodie that was on sale and then 50% off of the sale price. It was originally around $90 and I think I paid $27. Still a lot for a hoodie but it is amazing. I think I have worn it everyday for two weeks. I eventually went and got another one because let's be real I can't wear the same hoodie every day to work. So uncool.

 Moki is so funny. She is so lazy in the mornings. I mean in her defense it is 5:40am but seriously she lays around all day. This morning she covered her eyes when I turned the lights on. I was laughing so hard.
 A close up because what dog does that? She is something else.
I feel bad because she has been neglected this week. Her little boyfriend Titan that she plays with while I am at basketball was neutered and so she has had to stay home this week. She has had a lot of lonely time. I know she is fine but I do feel bad. She will be excited to get to play next week.
She is so cute.

We also got out and snowshoed last Saturday. We definitely could use some new snow around here. The weather has been beautiful and it is so depressing to see the sun shining all day at work knowing it will be dark when I finally get to head home. Can't wait for longer days and more free time. Until then I am hoping to have a better week starting now.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

It's a New Year

Well I am now to that depressing part of Christmas vacation where I realize reality is about to hit and I am going to STRUGGLE. This break was sooooooooo nice. I stayed up too late, slept in too much, ate too much, exercised too little, spent too much money, watched a lot of TV, visited family and friends, took too many naps, read a little and even was super productive as far as accomplishing things. Pretty much it was freaking awesome. I finished three sewing projects, got my hair done, got Moki her vaccinations, grocery shopped, saw 4 movies, cleaned my house, put away Christmas. These things would not normally be noteworthy but during basketball season that is quite the list of accomplishments.

New Years Eve was a riot. I was feeling like a bum because I didn't have any big plans. But in the end it was a great night for me. Dinner with family and then games. We were Anthony's back up plan...or so he said all. day. long. As the night was coming to a close and he started showing some of my cousins daughters his dance moves that work 100% of the time (according to him) it became very obvious why he was spending the evening with us. 
I was really really scared. We played Qwirkle, Headbands (phone version) and scum. I laughed a ton and really had a great time!

This week was really about enjoying my break and accomplishing lots of little things.Anthony and I hiked on the Alpine Loop road. Since it hasn't snowed in awhile I knew it would not be good snowshoeing so we just walked. It was a really nice day.
 We didn't go as far as I normally would go but it is all good!
 Moki was in heaven. The scenery there is amazing. I do not love everything about Utah but I love love love the mountains.
 It is so nice to get out above the inversion.

Moki and I also ran/walked on the Bonneville shoreline trail. There is a 3 mile section we like to do.
She loved it. She is usually ok to be off leash and so she sprints and sprints the entire time. She is great at wearing herself out.

There was of course lots and lots of basketball. The main Gym at Mountain View is the length of one extra long court and then the width of a normal court. It goes on and on forever. So glad the players are running those long sprints and not me. I would probably die.

I loved this quilt my grandma Brown made. It matches my Christmas decor perfectly. All the presents I recieved this year were perfect for me and I am so grateful to those that gave them.
I was really sad to take down Christmas this year. Thanksgiving was late and so the season just seemed short. It is so much work to get it all up, it looks so great, and then you take it down again so quickly. Kind of a bummer.

One night I was tying a baby quilt and Moki would not leave me alone. First she was laying on it and then trying to eat it. Not helpful.
 She is too cute for her own good most of the time.
Another project was finishing bandanas for all the holidays. Moki must be festive. Probably a dumb thing to spend time and money on but they look so cute on her:)
 This evening I was busy cleaning and she decided to take a nap right on the couch. This dog seriously KILLS me! She knows the rules but disregards them anyways.
She has had a super upset stomach. I think she ate too much peanut better. She didn't sleep much last night so in the end I didn't have the heart to kick her off. I am way too soft.

I am excited for the New Year. This last year I had a couple of health challenges. The doctor and I finally got them worked out and I feel so much better. I am so excited to start this year. I actually designed a card on Shutterfly I was going to print and send off for New Years and then didn't. I loved the back of the card.

"Smile every chance you get.  Not because life has been easy, perfect, or exactly as you had anticipated, but because you choose to be happy and grateful for all the good things you do have and all the problems you know you don't have." Life is not what I predicted but I still love my life. Here's to another year of making adventures, spending time with those I love, and somehow through it all becoming more like the person Heavenly Father wants me to be. Here's to 2014......may it be the best year yet! I came up with it all on my own, well minus the stuff in parenthesis.

The main reason I didn't send the card because it is so lame to attach pictures of just me. Feels very weird. But this coming Christmas I think I am going to just do it because I love getting cards.

This year I want to work on being healthier9 mainly eating better), spending less time on social network and more time reading for fun and studying scriptures, and I want to really set up a budget that I actual follow. We will see how that all goes.


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