Tuesday, February 16, 2010

My experiment

I'm trying something new this week. I'm going to write a letter to God each day for the next week. I'm including things I'm thankful for and prayers for my famiy and friends. I've written letters to God before but not a daily basis. I'm also writting them on Word instead of pencil and paper since it's seems to be easier for me to pick up the laptop than find a journal and pencil. I'm hoping it will provide me with more clarity on what is really important. Hoping it will make me realize God has the wheel. I can put it all in his hands and just enjoy myself. I will make a new post after a week to note my progress.
Also, I always thought a great license plate would be peace2u. I saw someone with that license plate the other day. Darn it, it's taken! I've got to think of another one.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

It's a rough life, baby!

It's 10:00 am. Allie and Roy both have full bellies from breakfast. I took Roy for a long walk. He got filthy from the melting snow, requiring a warm bath. Now, they are both snuggled down for the morning, Allie in her favorite chair and Roy on his dog bed. I got Allie before I was married to Chris. She is an old lady. She is spending more and more time in her chair. Often I pause to make sure she is still breathing. They are so sweet when they are sleeping.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Love to read, baby!

There is a really cool bookstore, Rainy Day Books in Fairway that hosts a lot of authors throughout the year. If you buy a book from Rainy Day Books written by the featured author you get 2 free tickets to hear the author speak and sign your book. Last week I went to see Jeannette Walls who wrote The Glass Castle and Half Broke Horses. The Glass Castle is about Jeanette's childhood. She came from an extremely disfunctional family. Her father was an alcoholic and her mother... I can't even describe her mother, you just need to read the book if you haven't already. Jeanette really had it rough as a child but blossemed into a kind and beautiful human being, extremely forgiving, fantastic author and excellent speaker. What she went through is depressing but the way she tells the story, it is more uplifting than depressing. I love books that make you think and The Glass Castle did just that.

She also wrote Half Broke Horses. EXCELLENT BOOK! It is a real life novel about her grandmother who was born on a ranch in Arizona in the early 1900s. She was a character!
She road 500 miles ALL BY HERSELF at the age of 15 to her first job as a school teacher. It made me think of my grandmother, Nina who also was a character and taught in a one room schoolhouse. Got me thinking I definitly need to document our family history and possibly even try to write a real life novel of Nina's life or parts of her life.

Right now I'm reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. I get to meet her next Wednesday, thanks to Rainy Day Books. Gretchen researched theories on happiness and applied it to her life for a year. It is a great book to read at the beginning of the year for help with setting New Year resolutions. Lots of good info and a fun read.

I loved Eat, Pray Love so I've started reading Elizabeth Gilbert's newest book, Committed. It's took me 30 pages to get into it but I'm really enjoying it now. She explores the idea of marriage in different cultures. So interesting.

My common theme with these books is they have all really made me think about life in a new way. They have helped me grow a little bit. I do believe you don't always find a book. Sometimes the book finds you. I've been found by all 4 of these books. Love them!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Great Wolf Lodge, baby!

This year for Christmas I decided rather than buy Grant and Evelyn a toy that would eventually end up in the landfill, I would give them a small trip instead. We spent last night at the Great Wolf Lodge. Mammie went with us too. Great fun was had by all. Grant asked me, "Could this Christmas get any better?" He was loving life. We went out to eat at Famous Dave's Bar B Q, IHOP and the T Rex restaurant. The kids even let Mammie and I do a little shopping at the Legends before we went back home

Our first snowman of the year, baby!

We all did really enjoy the snow. I felt like I was living in Alaska for a while. I don't remember it snowing for 3 days in a row like that for quite some time. Someone told me this is the first white Christmas in KC in over 40 years. The bummer was not all our family could make it for Christmas. We really missed them. It just wasn't the same without them. Maybe we will do Christmas in July to make up for it. I love the Christmas season. I enjoy getting ready for it and going to Church on Christmas Eve, such a holy time. I'm always a little bummed when it's all over.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Real tough men wear pink, baby!

While Evelyn and Chris were at the KU game. Grant and I were outside enjoying the beautiful weather as you can see by his barefeet. Grant's pink shirt came from a fundraiser for breast cancer by his soccer team. He told me, "real tough men wear pink." He is striking his tough man pose.

KU vs MU at Arrowhead, Baby!

Chris and Evelyn had a daughter and daddy date to the KU / Mu game. Here they are all decked out to show their support for their team. They got to watch the game in the
Chiefs suite compliments of AT&T. They saw Clark Hunt. Evelyn's favorite part was all the food, especially the Sprite with cherries.