Friday, April 30, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Barrett is a very talented pianist and has a real gift for sight reading and picking things up quickly, but she's not always (or almost never actually) jazzed about practicing. But I started to notice that we weren't bucking horns quite as much about it, and her teacher was commenting on her improved practicing. I thought it might be time to piggyback on that and kick it up a notch.
So we struck a deal.
It was a start.
Saturday was our day. And we had so dang much fun!
We started it off with a fantastic breakfast of whole wheat pancakes and bacon, Barrett's favorite, then headed out to the 11:20 showing of The Last Song. Barrett had actually seen it a couple of weeks ago with her girlfriend, but was dying to see it again (and I was really wanting to go too. I'm sure Ryan would have gone with me if I pushed, but it was a chic flick by all accounts). She read the book in 2 days and, of course, says the book is better, but loved the movie too. Her BFF, Riley, and her mom and Grandma Cindy all wanted to see it too, so they met us at the theatre. Man, I bawled and bawled. What a tear jerker. But such a good show!
While we sat in our pedicure chairs having our backs and butts vibrate with the massage chair, I started #4 of the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. I just wish I had a whole day to sit and read and let everything else go to pot. Since that will never happen, I'll settle for stealing my 30 minutes here and there and hopefully I'll get it done in the next couple of weeks. I loved New Moon and Eclipse too. I'm hooked. Barrett and I already have a date for the Eclipse premiere in June.
We ended our great day back at home, where Barrett offered to give me a manicure to compliment my cute toes. I was feeling young and crazy, so I let her paint them purple and asked for some flower decals too. Seriously, they were super cute and very hip. Unfortunately, I had to take the polish off this morning before work since my Sunday dishwashing and showers took their toll on the semi-professional mani. I think I might become a regular at Salon de Barrett. She does some mighty fine work!
And the best part about the whole fantastic GDO (aside from the obvious spending time with B.)? She texted me Saturday night, thanking me for a fabulous day and letting me know how much she loved me.
And before bed Saturday night, she came to me and said, "Mom, can we make a new deal?
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
- Visited Mt. Rushmore
- Enjoyed a Yankees game on their home turf in the Bronx
- Played on State Championship Volleyball team: 1988 Mountain View Toros
- Climbed ancient pyramids in Chitzen Itza, Mexico
- Snorkeled with giant sea turtles off coast of Lainai, Hawaii
- Drove all the way down the Florida Keys
- Stood on the Four Corners
- Ran half marathon (Time: 1:57:30, November 2009)
- Had dinner at Sammy Hagar's Cabo Wabo in Cabo San Lucas
- Ate lunch with Ryan in Central Park
- Married the love of my life
- Parasailed off beach in Cancun
- Passed all parts of the CPA exam on 1st try (1994)
- Walked through Arlington National Cemetery
- Gave birth to 4 amazing children, two 100% natural, two via C-Section
- Sewed lots of homemade baby quilts for friends and family
- Flown on private jet (lots of times...so awesome!)
- Stood under 100 foot waterfall in Kauai, Hawaii
- Jet skiied to land's end in Cabo
- Taken picture in front of the White House
- Finished P90X (90 day insane workout program)
- Graduated Summa Cum Laude from ASU (1994)
- Played in an all-through-the-night softball tournament (Heat Stroker) in Mesquite, Nevada (summer 1997)
- Watched Def Leppard concert from the 9th row (Aug 2009)
- Produced several movies on my iMac
- Attended BYU Women's Conference and been in presence of the prophet, Thomas S. Monson
- Cruised in airboat over marshes filled with alligators (Florida 5/03)
- Did the Tarzan rope swing in Kauai
- Skiied Park City, Deer Valley, Vail, Winter Park, Snow Bird, Alta, Sundance, Sunrise, Sno Bowl (I might be missing a few others...)
- Toured the Statue of Liberty
- Cried at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.
- Toured the Great Redwood Forest
- Visited the Grand Canyon (and I'm finally hiking it this September!)
- Officiated high school volleyball all through college (and did the state final match my 3rd year)
- Got baptized on Valentine's Day 1980 by Grandpa Harry and confirmed by Grandpa Reid
- Started working at Dairy Queen at age 13 (worked until 1st semester of college)
- Kayaked the Wailua River in Kauai, and in ocean in San Carlos & Rocky Point, MX
- Honeymooned in Maui
- Ran 10ks through the years in Turkey Trots (Mesa), Bolder Boulder (Colorado) and did Pat's Run this year
Monday, April 19, 2010
(My cousin, Heather, & I with Grandpa Reid when we were just little girls)
Both my Grandpa Harry and my Grandma Rita are getting pretty up there in years (94 and 92 years old, respectively) and have feeble bodies, but their minds still seem sharp and they can hear all that we say with relative ease. They are always glad that we stopped by and always leave us with a kiss.
This morning I got up early to kick off my week with a run. The sun was already coming up from the horizon and the weather was just perfect. A little breeze, birds chirping, trees whishing. Picturesque actually. It was the first time in a long time that I’ve run without an iPod. So I listened to everything, soaking it all in. I only saw a handful of cars out while I ran through the neighborhood streets. The peace was overwhelming. I listened to my feet hit the pavement over and over and heard myself breathing more evenly than I expected. My mind, free of the music that usually fills it when I run, raced with thoughts all over the map, but I kept coming back to my grandparents.
As I pondered my recent visits, I couldn’t help but think that I might not have too much more time with my grandparents before they move on. Not that any of them are really ill or threatening to go anytime soon, but they’re all getting older. I wondered last night as I got ready for bed how much longer my grandpa Harry, in particular, would be with us. And I had that same thought over and over as I ran today. He hadn’t been feeling very well yesterday evening, so my dad and Bishop Uncle Jim gave him a blessing. He seemed pretty good when we got there not too long afterwards. Then I thought about all the giant pictures of my G&G that I have stored in my food storage room - pictures that we used to decorate for his 90th birthday shindig. I thought about his life. I wondered if he had taken the opportunity to write about growing up in the early 1900’s with all his siblings. About meeting my grandma and falling in love. About his career as a high school teacher and baseball coach. About life on the farm. About raising kids. About owing a DQ. About being a temple sealer. About his mission in Chile. About his testimony. Does he have a journal? Is his life history documented? Are the stories of his youth kept somewhere where we can read them after he’s gone?
(Grandpa Harry's school teaching days at Mesa High)
But…the point that really hit home in the midst of all this reverie and reflection was that I had scrapbooked very little about ME. I haven’t missed a school year or a birthday for any of my kids, but there are only three or four pages about me in all the volumes of albums in our house. If I left this earth tomorrow, would my history be written? Would my kids know all they should or all they may want to know someday about my childhood, my school years, my career, my testimony, my love of motherhood, my passion for their daddy, my life? Would they remember that story I’ve told them at bedtime about how their daddy and I met and how long it took him to kiss me for the very first time? I am grateful that I have kept a journal on and off for years, and have quite a bit written down about my life since marrying Ryan. But there is so much more I need to document. So much more to my personal history.
I’m glad that I decided to start blogging last year as it has given me incentive to be diligent about writing. I’ve seized the opportunity to write about my life a little more regularly and share some thoughts that might have otherwise gone undocumented. I can’t wait to publish my first blog book and go back and read my posts. I’m sure they’re all over the map, but that’s OK. It’s my blog. It’s my life. And it’s not going to go unwritten.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
I've never done this race before, but there's always so much hype about it that I'm intrigued. I've read the post-race articles in the past, checked out all the websites. It's huge in our state. Here is a blurb from the Pat's Run website:
The Tillman family and friends created the Pat Tillman Foundation in 2004, following Pat’s death while serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan.
The Pat Tillman Foundation was established to carry forward Pat’s legacy of leadership and civic action by supporting future generations of leaders who embody the American tradition of citizen service."
I'm excited to run. Excited to support a former Sun Devil and War Hero memory, contribute to a good cause and to be part of the excitement. Anyone else out there in blog land going to be there?
Monday, April 12, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Seriously...it happens so fast. I still have vivid memories of being pregnant with this girl. I remember when she was the only grandbaby on the Brown side (she's the oldest), and she'd provide all the entertainment at our family get-togethers. We'd put jewelry or other objects on the floor at one end of the room and watch her crawl. We'd tickle her and watch her belly laugh so hard that we were all in tears. We played with her chunky rolls on her legs and kissed her adorable cheeks.
Now, she's getting so grown up. She'll be going into Young Women's this year at church. Wearing makeup soon. She's already got the cell phone. She's quick to join the adult conversations and always there when I need her. I love this girl beyond words. Way beyond! To infinity and beyond...
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
Things I might do if I found $500 in the pocket of my jeans and had a totally free long weekend…
1) Grab Ryan, Barrett & Afton and spend a long weekend in California enjoying the screams and thrills of the coasters at Six Flags Magic Mountain. (I’d take all the kids, but you have to 54”tall to do all the death defying rides that make you giddy.)
2) Take a couple of full-day Photoshop classes.
3) Shop for a projector that I can hook up to my computer so we can watch “dive in movies” outside by the pool this summer.
4) Have a professional photographer take family pictures and have the best one enlarged and mounted in a beautiful chunky wood frame.
5) Take GDO (Girls Day Out) to a new level with Barrett: pedicures, lunch, movies, and doing the “shop till we drop” bit in style!
6) Decorate Easton’s bedroom.
7) Fly to Vegas with Ryan and see a concert.
8) Publish my scrapbook layouts into bound books.
9) Bargain shop for a new couch for our upstairs family room.
10) Head to Rocky Point and spend a few days at Las Palomas.
WHAT WOULD YOU DO?