Monday, December 31, 2012

Light No. 52, Year End

I'm ready to start a new year.  I'm excited about the prospects of a clean slate, new beginnings, another chance to do more and be better.

I do feel like finding more light has been a success for me in 2012.  I also realize that in many ways I have not been specific enough about the how of that.  That will be changing for 2013.

I have so much to be thankful for in 2012; we have been blessed.  We have been protected and watched over; all is well.

I have many improvments to make and I'm happy about the new year to begin the new work.  I'm just sure I can do better than I have done in the past.  I'm sure I can take just one more step each day and try a little bit more and be more.  I know I can open my heart more and smile more and love more and share more.  I am excited about my new word for 2013 and excited to grow and improve.

Christmas was a delight; full of so many smiles and hugs and thank you's and perfect little moments.   It will be hard for me to take the white lights down outside; I have loved to see them shining each night reminding me of so many things I have tried to do this past year.

Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Resolutionary Challenge 2013

It's time to begin a new year soon, and along with that comes resolutions.  I have loved being a part of this challenge in the past and this year I am giving it a go at being the coordinator.  Please follow this link if you are interested in joining in -- we would LOVE to have you!

Challenge BLOG

I hope you join in.

Happy Christmas Eve

The Snow is falling, the children are tucked in their beds in new pajamas and the excitement is running high.  Lights are shining in our home and all over town.
We have so much to be thankful for.
Happy Christmas Eve.


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Christmas Ballerina

I had such a great time watching Emma dance her heart out at her mini recital for ballet class.  Emma puts so much energy into everything she does it is easy to become enthusiastic about what she is doing. I love her even more for her creative outfits and her not being hung up on looking perfect.  This girl has fire in her veins and she lights up our life in so many ways.
She also has the loudest wail I have ever heard and has the most creative dodging methods when it comes to cleaning her room or completing chores.  Nevertheless, she brings me joy and I love her! Kurt was worried about missing her performance today but I was able to assure him that with two weeks of no school we will be seeing PLENTY of dance performances around here - complete with tickest and costumes. 

Keep Dancing Emma.

Monday, December 17, 2012

So Proud of my Leader

Last week ( 2 weeks ago now that I am farther behind and finally finishing this post) Christian was recognized at school and received an Outstanding Leadership Award.
He was completely surprised by the award and had no idea he had been nominated.  It was fun to watch his face when they called his name and his fellow students congratulated him.

Afterwards his teacher told me that there was not a question in her mind as to who would receive the award.  Kurt and I are so proud!

Sometimes at home I have to remind him to explempify those same leadership skills but for the most part Christian is an extraordinary young man and we are so blessed to have him.
Thank you, Christian for helping me to feel like I'm doing an ok job of parenting for at least a day! 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Light No. 50

Is there only just over a week until Christmas?  I'm trying hard to savor each day and give more hugs and have softer answers and read a lot of Christmas stories.   We are spending time looking at the lights of Christmas on the tree and all over town and the light truly is magical.

This week was a whirlwind once again.  I felt like I spent so much time getting things done away from home that the home really suffered, but I did what needed to be done.  I attended the annual ornament exchange with some dear friends and it was a great fun night.

The weekend was dreamy - as Kurt and I went to Winter Park for the weekend.  Grandma Smith was kind enough to come and take care of the children, along with visits from Aunt Sue and Uncle John.  We are so thankful for their willingness to stay here and help so Kurt and I could have a getaway.  I felt guilty leaving again since I just visited my sister last week.  Once we were gone and in the mountains I began to relax and we had such a fun time going to little shops and antique stores, walking around in the snow, and getting more sleep than either of us has had in a very very long time.  It was somewhat of a challenge to take photos of us together but we managed a few.   (Why do I look so OLD?)

I'm ready for the new year to begin I think.  I know what my word is for next year.  I know what our main goals are and what I need to really focus on.  I know that I have a lot of improvements to make.

I'm looking forward to this upcoming week; feeling renewed and rested and excited about the holiday.  I am more thankful than every for my faith and testimony and many many blessings.  I have a lot to do and a lot to be thankful for.  I have a lot of light to give and will continue to seek.

Sailing on,

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Light No. 48 & 49

It's been a great past two weeks.  We are all wrapped up in the joys of Christmas around here.  I love this time of year so much yet it is difficult for Kurt as he works such terrible hours at UPS until after Christmas.

Madeline and Savanna had the wonderful opportunity to participate in a local production of Savior Of The World.   The practices were a very large commitment and very tiring; however the end result was an amazing production and a deepening of their testimonies of Jesus Christ and his divinity.  We went as a family last friday to begin our Christmas festivites with Our Savior in mind.  I am so grateful for many people who gave of their time and talents to make this a reality so we could see it and also so my girls could be a part of it.

We suffered through a good bout of strep throat and I hesitate to report that we are back to good health; all of us.  Please knock on wood for me before Clark coughs!  :)

All of the children got into the dentist and 3 out of the 5 had cavaties.  It makes you feel like a pretty bad mom at that moment.  I have to admit though that some nights flossing and mouthwash is not anywhere close to my priorty list.  I guess I better change that attidue.  And not allow Clark to sneak downstairs for clementines at night anymore.  Or brush teeth again after that.  Who has that kind of energy at 9pm?

This past tuesday I took the children to school and then had Kurt take me to the airport.  I took two days off and went to stay with my younger sister in Logan UT.  Unfortunately we were only able to see my older sister for a very short time but my younger sister and I had some great and much needed talking, crying, laughing, and shopping together.  It was so great for me to enjoy her company being there by myself and being able to really visit with her.  There is something so encouraging about knowing that someone loves you and is cheering for you to just keep going every day.  She is sunshine in my life and I'm shining much brighter now that I have spent two days with her.  Thanks, Kristen, for allowing me to stay in your lovely home and for taking time off work to be with me.  I love you!  One of my goals for the new year is to get my mom and all of us sisters together for a getaway.  Get your calendars out ladies.

I came home to jump back into life and was impressed with how well Kurt managed without me {which is great because that just means that I should leave more often, right?}  My brothers, sister in law, and mother helped as well and I couldn't have gone without their help.  It is amazing how two nights of uninterrupted sleep and 48 hours away can re-energize you.  I need my patience to be increased ten fold and that didn't happen but I'm working on it.

 Friday evening we enjoyed the church Christmas party and borrowed my older sister's props and idea to do a familiy lip sync to "I love my lips" from Veggie Tales.  It was a hit and we had a fun time perforning it.  The hot chocolate they served was so rich I'm sure it covered calories for a good two days.  It was a fun night for all and we came home with tired but high on sugar children who couldn't be more excited for the remaining of the month.

So as I sit here and reflect on the past two weeks and what is to come this week I feel like life is good; the weather is cold today and I'm happy that it actually feels like December.  I'm frustrated with some issues that I am continuing to struggle through with some children and hope to see resolutions in both soon.  I know that Christmas won't be perfect, because we are not a perfect family and we are a work in progress.  But I feel so at peace with all of the hustle and bustle; I feel like we are having fun yet are focused on what is right.  We are lighting the Christmas candles each night and reading stories and scripture which remind us of what we are truly celebrating.  I am busy but am carefully choosing what I am busy with.  I'm making slight progress with physical therapy and I'll take it.  I hope we are getting one week closer to resolution on the Eurovan and look forward to having two vehicles again.  We are blessed and I can recogize it.  That is light shining for sure!

Sailing On,