Sunday, July 27, 2008

Miracles do Happen

I have been working on being healthier...and in doing so it means more than just exercising and eating right...It is getting rid of some of my "projects", troubled areas, and extra baggage. In my last post I spoke of finding things...some good~ some not so fun...but I have made progress.

doesn't sound too
But did you know it has a floor?
and until morning...NO Laundry to Do!!
(More Cheers....Whistles....and even the dance of JOY)

Saturday, July 26, 2008 the corner of my mind...

leaves so many special moments
etched in your mind, alive in your heart,
stained on your clothing, written on your walls,
spilled on your carpets.


Just some thoughts as I cleaned in the basement today...

amazing what you can find and things you forget...

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Pioneer Day

Today is


for members of

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

National Fragile X Awareness Day

July 22 is reserved as National Fragile X Awareness Day.

This is the disability that both of my children have. It affects our lives everyday. If you have not heard of Fragile X (FX) take a few moments and click on some of the links on the side or bottom of my blog. Time Magazine also has an article title, "Fragile X: Unraveling Autism's Secrets".,9171,1818268,00.html
I am doing my small part to help spread the word about Fragile X syndrome.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Move it to Lose it!

You got it, get up and MOVE...that is what I have learned from my goal to become healthier. I have a bit of a challenging life (don't we all right?) but I found that even my daily chores can be a great workout. So how can I step it up?

I am lucky enough to have friends all over the I put the call out a while ago to see who wanted to play Get Healthier with me. I was amazed that so many were willing to take on the challenge. We teamed up people so we could share more intimate goals about ourselves and have someone specific to go to and depend on for motivation.

I have found some days easier than others. But I think having this exceptional group who is all working for he same cause is helping me. I have found that I think about them as I eat, exercise and do other things to improve my overall health or if I am trying to avoid it.

So how does my schedule differ than before? Each morning I do my sit ups. Yes, sit not a huge number but more than I did before. Each day I try to increase by one.

I have to check my mail and she what my friends are up to...(this is for mental health)

Some days I have been trying to ride my bike, in the early morning it is nice. Cool and quiet. I have found that some time to reflect on what is behind or ahead of me, has helped me to deal with each day.

Due to my children and husband's schedule everything else has to be flexible.
This is how I think I am making more progress. I am learning to bend. In the past if I could not do my exercise when I wanted, I skipped it. Well skip one day and then before you know it is a week later. So I am learning to find time for what is important.

My mind is even thinking differently due to the changes that I have made. This past week I had some car problems and in the past I would have been really worried or upset. I think I handled it well. I even got in some exercise in the Autozone parking lot. (no you may not request the surveillance camera footage) I think I seized the moment and made the best of it.

Today my hope is that who ever reads this, and is thinking about making a change they will MOVE forward and Just Do It. No need to run a marathon, just make small changes.

Walk to a neighbors instead of drive.

Go on a bike ride.

Try doing your housework with ankle weights. (no not the kids hanging on you)

Eat an open face sandwich. (you just saved calories but watch the mayo or oil)

Need a snack? Try 100 calorie popcorn quick easy (air popped is even less w/o butter)

Help someone weed their garden, mow their lawn.

This list could go on forever, but I think you get the idea. I am not an expert but one who want to progress and wants others to as well..

So as they say in the military MOVE IT- MOVE IT- MOVE IT!

Spread the word and start your own Get healthier Group TODAY.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Reaping rewards in the Raspberries

Today I woke up bright and early, the sun outside seemed to be calling me. I thought about my endless list of to-do's and wondered where I should start. My mind quickly remembered a conversation I had early in the week with my visiting teaching companion. She is a wonderful women who does alot for others, and was recently called to be the Relief Society President. I admire her greatly. She was telling me about her garden and how the raspberries were almost ready...I LOVE Raspberries! As our conversation continued I said I would help her pick if she wanted. She said yes. I have know her almost 3 years now, and can tell you that she does most stuff herself, so I didn't really think she would I threw on my stuff grabbed a couple bowls and headed out the door. As I pulled up to her home, it looked so peaceful. The calmness of the morning was just what I needed. Alone time, being able reflect on things and see the rich blessings of her families hard work. I had a good time, peeking under leaves and seeing the pump juicy raspberries hiding underneath. When I was done, I placed the bowl on her deck table and returned home.

Last night I was reading with my husband about the last supper and how Christ washed the feet of the disciples. What an amazing story and learning experience for all of us to serve and show our love. My time in the berries does not compare to Christ and his lesson but it did remind me how we can enjoy such sweetness in our lives, by showing our love toward others.
"Through service to others, we develop a Christlike love and we experience joy. Service teaches patience and long-suffering as well as gentleness, goodness, and faith."
--Merrill J. Bateman

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Take the garbage OUT....

I got an email...that kinda hit me....Here is what it said.

One day I hopped in a taxi, and we took off for the airport. We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his breaks, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches! The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean he was really friendly. So I asked, 'Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!' This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call 'The Law of the Garbage Truck.' He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they'll dump it on you. Don't take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don't take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets. The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day. Life's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so..... 'Love the people who treat you right. Forgive the ones who don't.'

Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it! Have a nice day!

Something to make me think everyday... don't litter and look for ways to avoid adding to the garbage pile....

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Say What?

I really love and enjoy reading quotes. They can be great lessons in a nutshell. It amazes me that one person's thoughts can be leave such an impression on generations to come.

It is so neat that people are decorating with quotes. Even my sons school has them in all the hallways and entries...

How about you? Any Words of Wisdom? Funny Tidbits? Heart Breakers?

I am not sure I can say I have a Favorite...but here are a few that come to mind.

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt within the heart.
Helen Keller

"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

Mary Anne Radmacher

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.

~Victor Borge

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference

“I am a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn't have the heart to let him down...”

Abraham Lincoln

I could go on all as you search for strength, or need alittle pick me up...

Try a Quote One Size Fits All

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Monday, July 7, 2008

I've been a Mom for 10 Years

There you have 1st born is 10 today!

His original due date was Pioneer Day...but he was born the 8th of July.

He is quite the boy. He brought us such joy coming into our family. We knew early on that he was different...God had sent us a child who needed extra attention. We continue to search for ways to help him and the symptoms he deals with being a full-mutation carrier of Fragile X Syndrome. His heart is tender and his spirit is strong. He doesn't fit into the box of a regular 10 year old boy. He challenges me each day to gain patience, be creative in my parenting and look beyond his mortal trials.

Skyler enjoys riding his bike. (adult 3 wheeler he calls it "lady"), going to the beach, fishing with dad and getting movies in the mail. He has a great love for animals and babies...and is drawn to them. He usually goes through cycles where he really likes one or two things at a time...Right is Alvin & the Chipmunks, Gingerbread man (or boys & babies). He also loves to tease. (who did he get that from?) He has a pet bunny named Fluffy who also entertains and calms him.

Today we CELEBRATE him....

Happy 10th Birthday Skyler
Love ya Buddy

One Step Forward, Two Steps...back

Have you ever stopped to think about progression...

What is the right way to move ahead?

I always seem to joke that I am working in a progressive mode...
( some may beg to differ on this statement) I guess my thinking is this...little steps to the goal... or as they say, one step in front of the other. I am not sure my focus is correct. Why? There are many things I NEVER finish. I saw some little blurb on Dr. Phil about a phobia of not wanting to complete things because then people can judge your work.
The Light Bulb went is ME...

So How do I create a better way to progress? Do I re-evaluate my goals, maybe place smaller ones on myself? Do I praise myself more for what I have accomplished? Why do I fear being judged?

Why not try something new such as leaps (of faith or jumping in with both feet) or Strong and Speedy...(like the battery commercial).

The only other way I accomplish things is by Adrenaline Rush- this used to be my #1 way of completing things...I guess fear and procrastination drive me.

I am not sure what all this says about me...but I know that it is not making me happy. I think I am more intense in all areas because have a need to check off the box saying "X" is done.

A tennis player...goes back and forth in their games....and they are progressing...but they still may not win...So do I have to complete to win...or just compete?

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

I'll Take Door #

Do you remember the old game show...Lets make a Deal?

I caught a few minutes of it with my grandma the other night on GSN. It was quite funny to see how TV shows have changed. I had to chuckle at the car they were giving away...a Chevrolet Chevette..valued at 6822. People were quite excited...unlike the game shows of today where people turn down half a million in hopes of an even bigger prize. So it makes me wonder...where do I fall?

Am I a Gambler....would I risk big to win Bigger?

Would I be happy with the Chevrolet Chevette?

In the heat of the moment would I feel the greed?

Or be grateful for whatever the package or door might reveal?

I know that there are different meanings of Wealth and Prosperity. I believe I have struggled with the whys of life and still do some days...but I also know that we all have a different path on our journey through life. It is comforting to know that our Spiritual Wealth has a much higher value.

So for now...Monty Hall, Howie door or briefcase... for me...I will take what the Lord provides...and use it the best that I can.