Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Daddy is your boyfriend!

I always get a kick out of things kids say....
This week Ana said, "Mom why you like
kissing daddy so much?"
I laughed of coarse and
said, I don't know. I just
like kissing him! Ana broke out
in the loudest, goofiest laugh and said,
"Because he is your Boyfriend!"
I love him so much!!!

Here is T and Ana.
My kids hate taking pictures for
some reason. It's like pulling teeth.

My Shanny. At least she smiles for me!
We have not been up to much.
Just swimming, job interviews,
more swimming, running,
more swimming!

T is off track now.
I am kind of glad. I miss
her during the day.
Well I hope all you have a great week!


Sunday, May 17, 2009

Your choices are unlimited!

You don't have to buy from anyone.
You don't have to work at any particular job.
You don't have to participate in any given relationship.
You can choose.

You steer the course you choose in the direction
of where you want to be today, tomorrow,
or in a distant time to come.
You hold the tiller.

You can decide to alter the course of your life at any time.
No one can ever take that away from you.
You can decide what you want and go after it.
It's always your next move.

Lately I have been reflecting on thing's in my life

that I can do differently or better. There are many

things that I cannot wait to change. I think I have

seen the "light" and realized that I was neglecting

certain things. This last week for FHE we talked

about goals. For myself I set three goals; a mental,

spiritual, and a physical goal. I am not going to tell

you what they are yet, I will just tell you I am excited!

I think they are things that will help me be a better

person, wife, mom and friend.

So until next time...CHOOSE to make today a great one!!!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Weekly Update!

Last week was teacher appreciation week.
We decided to make candy lei's for
the kids teachers.

There teachers loved them, and the kids had fun making them.
We made about 20 of them last week
for teachers, Mother's in the ward,
and a few neighbors.
Here is just a random picture of
Tilisa and Shanny. She is getting so
excited to start kindergarten.
I don't know what Ana will do all on
her own.
One of the great thing's about Vegas is Loni
has been able to perform more often.
He loves singing. When I see him on stage
I know he is doing something he loves
and he is most comfortable.
This is the first time Shannan and Ana have seen
him perform. They performed on Freemont Street 
which was pretty exciting for all of us.

Well that is what we have been up to this past 
week. Oh ya and we got asked to speak in 
church.....We are thinking of going into hiding!
Have a great week.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Thankful to Be A Mommy!

I could not go much longer without saying how
very blessed I feel being a Mom.
My whole life the only thing I wanted was 
to be a Mom.
It's hard sometimes, but totally worth it.
Here is my little Ana. In church Sunday
she was being rather grumpy, and I was
holding her. I whispered in her ear Ana
can you please be and reverent in church today
so Mommy can have a Happy Mother's Day?
She quickly said, "you are not a mother, 
you are a Mommy! LoL.
That is Ana always keeping me on my toes.
My shanny. She has the best heart and 
constantly tells me how much she loves me.
She will be starting kindergarten this year.
She is a great sister and always the peace maker.

My little T, isn't so little anymore.
She is getting so tall, and she will be eight
this year. Where does the time go?
She is a little smarty pants and always
amazes me how smart and talented she is.
Now I could not go any further without saying
how thankful I am for my own Mom.
She has always been there for me through tick or thin.
She has been my constant support and shoulder
to cry on. It's been so hard being so far apart,
but I know that she is always a phone call away.
I love you Mommy!!!

I found this story and I thought it was
a great one to share.

The Invisible Mother
It all began to make sense, the blank stares, the lack of response, the way one of the kids will walk into the room while I'm on the phone and ask to be taken to the store.
Inside I'm thinking, 'Can't you see I'm on the phone?'
Obviously, not. No one can see if I'm on the phone, or cooking, or sweeping the floor,
or even standing on my head in the corner, because no one can see me at all.
I'm invisible. The invisible Mom. Some days I am only a pair of hands, nothing more:
Can you fix this?
Can you tie this?
Can you open this ?
Some days I'm not a pair of hands; I'm not even a human being.
I'm a clock to ask, 'What time is it?' I'm a satellite guide to answer,
'What number is the Disney Channel?'
I'm a car to order, 'Right around 5:30, please.'
I was certain that these were the hands that once held books and the eyes that studied history and the mind that graduated sum a cum laud - but now they had disappeared into
the peanut butter, never to be seen again.
She's going; she's going; she is gone!
One night, a group of us were having dinner, celebrating the return of a friend from England ..Janice had just gotten back from a fabulous trip, and she was going on and on about the hotel she stayed in.
I was sitting there, looking around at the others all put together so well. It was hard not to compare and feel sorry for myself.
I was feeling pretty pathetic, when Janice turned to me with a beautifully wrapped package, and said, 'I brought you this.'
It was a book on the great cathedrals of Europe. I wasn't exactly sure why she'd given it to me until I read her inscription:
'To Charlotte, with admiration for the greatness of what you are building when no one sees.'
In the days ahead I would read - no, devour - the book.
And I would discover what would become for me, four life-changing truths, after which I could pattern my work:
No one can say who built the great cathedrals - we have no record of their names.
These builders gave their whole lives for a work they would never see finished.
They made great sacrifices and expected no recognition.
The passion of their building was fueled by their faith that the eyes of God saw everything .
A legendary story in the book told of a rich man who came to visit the cathedral while it was being built, and he saw a workman carving a tiny bird on the inside of a beam. He was puzzled and asked the man,
'Why are you spending so much time carving that bird into a beam that will be covered by the roof?
No one will ever see it.' And the workman replied, 'Because God sees.'
I closed the book, feeling the missing piece fall into place. It was almost as if I heard God whispering to me,
'I see you, Charlotte. I see the sacrifices you make every day, even when no one around you does.
No act of kindness you've done, no sequin you've sewn on, no cupcake you've baked, is too small for me to notice and smile over.
You are building a great cathedral, but you can't see right now what it will become.'
At times, my invisibility feels like an affliction.
But it is not a disease that is erasing my life. It is the cure for the disease of my own self-centeredness.
It is the antidote to my strong, stubborn pride. I keep the right perspective when I see myself as a great builder.
As one of the people who show up at a job that they will never see finished, to work on something that their name will never be on.
The writer of the book went so far as to say that no cathedrals could ever be built in our lifetime because there are so few people willing to sacrifice to that degree. When I really think about it,
I don't want my son to tell the friend he's bringing home from college for Thanksgiving,
'My Mom gets up at 4 in the morning and bakes homemade pies, and then she hand bastes a turkey for three hours and presses all the linens for the table.'
That would mean I'd built a shrine or a monument to myself. I just want him to want to come home.
And then, if there is anything more to say to his friend, to add, 'you're gonna love it there.'
As mothers, we are building great cathedrals. We cannot be seen if we're doing it right. And one day, it is very possible that the world will marvel, not only at what we have built, but at the beauty that has been added to the world by the sacrifices of invisible women. We never know what our finished products will turn out to be because of our perseverance.

"As you create a home, don't get distracted with a lot of things that have no meaning for you or your family. Don't dwell on your failures, but think about your successes. Have joy in your home. Have joy in your children. Have joy in your husband. Be grateful for the journey."

-Marjorie Pay Hinckley

"You are loved! Your Heavenly Father loves you. Your husband loves you. Your children love you. You have many friends and family that love you.
Sometimes we tend to forget that, or it gets lost in all the "clutter" of our everyday lives. You can't do everything, but you can do something. You would probably be really surprised about the number of people's lives that you touch. They are most likely looking at you and saying the same thing...."If she can do it why can't I?"
How many times have you found yourself saying that same thing "if she can do it why can't I"? in our own families and within in our circle of friends.
Sometimes just being who we are, where we are and cultivating our relationships and life where we stand should be enough but always moving forward doing something.
We are always looking for more then we should sometimes we try to do it all, and soon find out that things get put on the back shelf that should be right at the front.

As hard as it is sometimes. It usually works out for the best.
We can't please everyone either no matter how hard we try, I think we need to spend more time on the most important things in our lives, and feeling loved and being loved by those around us. and most importantly loving ourselves for who we are not who we wish we were or letting the if only' s get in the way.
We get distracted to much by whats out there or things that don't matter and won't get us anywhere.
I really think that doing our best serving others and being examples does more for the soul and others around us then we have the ability to comprehend.
Our children, family, friends are watching and learning from us.
We need to eliminate the "clutter" in our lives and do what we can
knowing that we can't do everything.
but we can do SOMETHING.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Let's have some Mango!!!

2cups mango juice or tropical juice blend
1/4to 1/2 cup lime juice
12to 14 ice cubes
1cup club soda
1pint coconut ice cream, coconut sorbet or vanilla ice cream
Large candy sprinkles, if desired

1.Chill glass jars or goblets in freezer several hours before serving, if desired.
2.Place mango juice, lime juice and ice cubes in blender. Cover and blend on high speed about 45 seconds or until smooth. Pour mixture into 4 jars.
3.Pour 1/4 cup club soda into each of the jars. Add 1 large scoop ice cream to each jar. Garnish with candy sprinkles.
Okay so you all know I absolutely love Mango.
This is such a good drink. Very Refreshing. 
I added a little bit of shredded coconut in the blender 
and I served it with vanilla ice cream!
Also I used fresh Mangos!