November 14, 2010

I made it to 39!

Happy Birthday to Me!

Oct 13, 2010
That probably sounds more depressing then I really feel, but part of me can't believe I'm actually 39, I just don't feel it! I had a small gathering with some friends and then my roommate celebrated her birthday on the 29th and I joined her in a live action Clue Party, so I can say my 39th birthday was celebrated quite well... Clue Party This is our shoe shot!


September 17, 2010

How On Earth Do I Catch Up????

It's been forever since I have been blogging regularly and so much has happened that I wonder to myself how will I ever catch up? If I were a blog aficionado then I would separate out my different actviities and blog on the individual events and stories that I have missed writing about.........buuuuuttt.....I am not, so I like my other idea of just throwing everything together, you know, sort of like a collage blog. No worries, this is only to try and bring me up to date from my few months off. I'll be back to blogging maniac in no time! :) Enjoy!


September 5, 2010


I'm back!!

I figured this was the best way to return to my world of blogging!


Once again we McCann's (Scarlett included) and Clubbs have out done ourselves in our wonderful birthday song singing. We wanted to make sure to include little Lukey who couldn't be there in person but at least he will have this archived memory of it to look back on!! LOVE YOU GUYS!!

I'm thinking that we really should look at becoming professional birthday singers......ok maybe not.. hahaha :)


May 14, 2010

A Good Slap in the Face!!

So I haven't written in here for awhile and I promised myself I wasn't going to let that happen but it seemed like my life just got busier and busier and I just never got to writing something until today.

Well I'd been having a great time attending my pity party and complaining about the unfair things in my life, still no luck in the love department, struggles with work politics, wanting to be more independent as far as buying a house and becoming more financial stable. I think these are things that can relate to a lot of people and I don't disagree that they can be big burdens but I really was just feeling so overwhelmed and not seeing the light. (and I don't mean like the light after you leave this life, I am ok with not seeing that one for awhile) I was just feeling like I would be stuck in this for awhile and I wasn't ok with that. On top of that I had to travel for work to handle a conflict in one of my areas and that was just more emotional drainage.

So I arrived back home and was on my computer browsing through the website when I saw this video that was on there, titled "My New Life"

It was the same one my little sister posted on her blog but I hadn't clicked to watch it yet. I decided to click on it this time and watched the story of a woman who had been in a plane crash with her husband and had become disfigured from the burns. As I watched this couple tell their story I just began to cry, I thought how I was complaining about my "problems" and how I was feeling that life was unfair and then to see and hear the physical and emotional trials this couple, especially this woman, was going through and yet they still gave thanks, they still had determination, they still had their testimonies which were even stronger then before the accident really hit my hard. I really got a slap in my face that just was a huge "WAKE UP!" for me. It didn't mean that I just said oh everything is good now, but I realized that I can definitely look at things different, with a different heart and a humble soul. I can say that I am grateful for a lesson learned not by any great means but by a simple 8:20 min video.


March 30, 2010

Happy 11th Dakota


I just love this kid! Dakota was just a little one when I went to live with Carol and Steve in California. We bonded pretty quickly and he became my little buddy. I would come home from work and Dakota would come up to me and ask to jump with him on the trampoline. We would go out and I would pick him up and just start bouncing and he would just giggle! When Carol and Steve were doing the "Body For Life" they would have to get up at 6 a.m. to go to the gym, so I would listen for Dakota if he woke up crying. When he did wake up. he would come to the edge of the stairs and start wimpering. I would get out of bed, walk up the stairs, pick him up and bring him down to my room to sleep. He totally knew the routine.

I remember when Carol and Steve went on their cruise, my mom came to watch kids and I was in charge of Dakota. One night when I came home from work, Dakota was crying cause he missed his mom and dad. He was wearing his Batman mask and he had tears running down his face. I put him on my bed and went out and talk to my mom. When I went back in he was asleep. I went over to pull his mask off and without opening his eyes he stopped me and pulled it back over his eyes! I just started giggling.

Dakota just makes me laugh! He is funny and sweet and loves his family! He is fun to be around and is just cute! I am a lucky Auntie, that is for sure!

Love you Kota!


March 14, 2010

Wishing Mom A Happy Birthday!!

My Mom

A couple weeks ago my parents went to visit my sister Michele and her family in California. They asked me to gather mail and stuff while they were gone. While I was there on the last day, I found some of our old family albums and I went through and took pictures of old pictures I found. I loved looking at pictures of my mom. It brought back lots of memories I have of her.

My mom really has done so much for her family and has worked to give us wonderful memories of our childhood. With 5 kids she and my dad moved to Japan when I was 3. I look at the pictures and see all the fun things we did when we were there and how my mom was so excited for us to learn about this new culture and helped us to embrace it. I think of her reading to us kids at night and cooking wonderful meals. She was there to console us when we were hurt or wanted to share something great that had happened to us. She would repeat this throughout my life.

When she was around 8 months pregnant with Lauren she went into labor and delivered her premature, she showed great strength and faith during that time and was still there for us. I think how difficult it must have been to be almost an hour away from your husband and 6 kids (o.k. maybe not too difficult) and be worried about all of us. She always wanted to be okay.

I think about things that I inherited from her and I think the one quality I appreciate the most is her desire to show kindness and charity to others. She created a home that I always felt safe to be in.

I remember when I was attending school in Idaho and it was almost time to go home for Christmas. It had been a tough semester and I called my mom often for support and comfort and before I left to come home I called and asked if she could keep the Christmas lights on, on the tree for when I got home late that night. I remember walking in the house and the lights were on and all the decorations were up and I just felt like a little kid, so excited to be home and so excited for Christmas!! My mom created lots of these moments throughout my life. She has sacrificed many things for us during her life so that we could be happy, but that is what a mom does when she loves her children.

She has so many talents that a lot of people aren't aware of. She is an amazing cook, she can paint, draw and sew. She has great taste in British movies (I get my love of them from her). I don't think I have told her often enough how much I appreciated all she has done for me and helped me in my life. Thank You, Thank You for Everything Mom!! Have an amazing Birthday!!

Love You Mom!!!


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