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Well, I can’t believe another year has come and gone. It has been a rough year for so many of us, and I am thankful to have last year behind me. Lots of good things happened too, but I am always ready for the fresh start that a new year brings. Looking back at my last year resolutions, I only did so so, but that is okay. I did what I could, and while it could have been more, that is what life is about, learning and growing.

One goal that I did meet was being able to take the kids on a surprise vacation when we took them to California and Disneyland in April. That was an incredible trip, and we had a blast! My parents came with us and were able to experience the fun of watching our kids discover the magic there. 🙂

The best part of last year though for me was something that didn’t even happen to me directly.  My sister and her husband were chosen by a birth mom, and were able to adopt a sweet little girl.  It has been an incredible  journey for them and I couldn’t be happier for our entire family as we welcome Katie into our lives.

For this year? I have many of the same goals. This is the year that I find a better way to balance all aspects of my life. Simple right?

So my goals…

  • Fitness – thanks to my friend Annette, all of you can join me as I use her fantastic site, My Fitness Trainer (now Free!)  to continue my quest to get into shape. I will also be going to the gym 3 – 5 times a week, eating healthier, and just trying to “move” more. As I do this, I know I will feel better and have more energy that will help me meet my other goals.
  • Business – a simple yet hard goal. List more, work more consistently throughout the year so I don’t need to put in 12 – 15 hour days the last 3 months of the year, and try to get more wholesale accounts.
  • Family – spend more quality time with them. Sounds simple right? It isn’t. Working from home means there are no set hours, you are always “at work”, and have you met my boss? She can be slightly demanding at times, okay, most of the time! LOL! It is hard to have set hours to work on the torch or in the office taking pictures, working on listings, etc. I need to find a way to set  hours to work, and try to work only when the kids are at school or asleep. It won’t quite work that way, but I need to get closer to that this year.
  • Kids – I want this new year to  provide new experiences and opportunities for growth for them. The girls are taking piano lessons, Daylyn is taking violin, and I want to find something that the boys would like to do. Now don’t get me wrong, the boys are loving school, involved with clubs there,and of course Young Mens, but if there is something else they would like to do, I want to find a way for them to do it.
  • Church – I love my new calling as Secretary for the Young Women in my ward. I want to work harder this year with the girls as they work on their Personal Progress. I want to find fun ways to motivate them, and provide assistance to them as they work towards their goals. It is a wonderful program, and I know I learned so much as I earned my Medallion, and I want the girls to have that experience as well.

So there it is, in black and white for all to see. The kids have their resolutions too, and with hard work, I am hoping we can all achieve our resolutions and goals this year. Good luck to all of you as you greet the New Year too, and may it be a wonderful year for all of us.

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So, I am at my friends house as we are having a beginning blog class for our ward. There are 6 of us here, and we are having a great time creating blogs for those of us who didn’t have them before tonight.  I have to admit to being surprised that it has been since January since I last posted. I have been on Facebook, and I think that is why I haven’t updated the blog. It is so easy to just do a one sentence update there, and now I have heard of Twitter. I am debating whether or not if I should sign up or not. Do I need another way to stay in touch? Is it overkill? Or will it just be fun. I love Facebook and that I have been reconnecting with friends. So the question is how many ways do I need to stay in touch with friends and family? I guess I will just have to wait and see.

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It has been a while since I have updated my blog. I don’t have any excuse other than the fact that life is really busy these days! Field trips, end of school activities, and of course trying to figure out child care for the kids while I leave on a fun trip. I am headed to California to see my parents, then off to Texas to visit my sister. I will be doing shows while there (one at The Yarn Deli), so I have been working in the studio every spare moment I have.

It was also my youngest daughter and my birthday yesterday. She had a Princess Party, and it was a blast! She had friends from church and school come, and they were all thrilled to be princess. 🙂 It was a busy, fun filled day, but I will admit to being tired at the end. I will try to get pictures up soon. I am glad that at this point in her life, she is happy to have our birthdays on the same day. I think I am the lucky one though, I got her for a birthday present. It doesn’t get much better than that!I

Today at church, we celebrated Mother’s. We were treated to wonderful talks, and my favorites were from the youth of the ward. We also enjoyed music by the Primary and Young Women. During Relief Society, all the ladies were treated to chocolate dipped strawberries and cake. We had a great time visiting with each other. My favorite part of the day was listening to all the kids sing, “I Often Go Walking.” As a child this was one of my favorite Primary songs and I was teary eyed today, listening and watching my own kids sing the same song that I remember singing to my Mom. It is amazing how life can come full circle.

I had a few minutes to edit a few pictures, but loved the way this one came out. Ally and I get our picture taken together every year as birthday girls, this years came out really cute! I love her “toothy” smile. 🙂

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Easter

My Mom and I were talking the other day about how there are certain orders to things in life. For instance, when Easter is. It is suppossed to be the arrival of spring, General Conference, and then Easter. Sometimes Easter and Conference end up on the same Sunday, and that is great. However, Easter coming before Conference? The kids even felt that Easter came way too early this year. That still didn’t stop them from making sure their baskets were ready to be filled by the Easter Bunny though. When the kids all woke up, they were happy to see what had been brought for them. However we weren’t happy to find out that Travis had been awake off and on since 3 a.m. feeling extremely sick and Tyler was feeling worse as well. As a result we had to call and “uninvite” our friends, the Welsh’s from coming over for dinner. It still worked out as we sent them dinner and they sent us dessert. We were just unable to enjoy the meal together.

Kids Easter morning 2008

Travis, Allison, Daylyn, & Tyler

Chris and the girls went to church, and I found myself wishing I could be in Utah with my brother John and his family as their new son Chase was being blessed today in church. I heard it was a great day for them. I can’t wait to get to hold little Chase myself. He was in Grandma’s arms when I talked with her yesterday.

Here is the family after Chase’s blessing:
Dad, Mom, Sharley, John, Kelsie, and Chase.
and a close up of little Chase…
As they day came to a close, we gathered the family together to enjoy a gift brought to me by my visiting teacher. It was a basket containing 12 numbered Easter Eggs. As we opened each egg, there was a small item inside along with a scripture, telling the story of Christ’s Resurrection. As we each took turns opening and reading an egg, I was so thankful that my children really do understand the reason we celebrate Easter and that it finally felt like Easter.

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