Thursday, December 2, 2010

Thanksgiving Pig Out / Muffin Top with Shortmama!


Okay, some of you may have already seen this picture. But I saw it for the first time on Thanksgiving - and it freakin' cracked me up! I kept looking at it all day and laughing my head off. (Too bad I couldn't laugh my muffin top off) I know - easily amused.

I'm joining in with Shortmama today for Journey from Muffin Top to Skinny Jeans. I jump in occasionally, although I really want to be consistent, both with my journey, and with blogging about it!

She asked us about Thanksgiving. I believe her exact words were: "Did you only eat small amounts of food? Or were there pig noises coming from your mouth as you scarfed down every morsel? "

Pig noises here. But in my defense - my brother hosted, and so his family (us, my other bro, my parents) AND his wife's whole family came - and EVERYONE brought food! So there was a plethora of scrumdiddlyumptious food to choose from! Only, I didn't really choose, more like I sampled everything. Only, I didn't really sample since that would imply small portions. Like I said - pig noises.

One good thing - I'm not much of a pie fan, so I can honestly say, I didn't pig out on pie! And I have been really good all week! Although I'm a little discouraged, because the scale is NOT reflecting my good behavior this morning. Boo. I'm trying to muster up all my strength, because I'm going to a partay tonight at Tanielle's - which is sure to offer up some tasty temptations. So please, my friends - lets have some encouraging words/ tough talk/ slapping me around - anything to prepare me to be strong and resist the temptation tonight.

How was your Thanksgiving?

Monday, November 22, 2010

A picture's worth a thousand words...

I don't even really know what that means. Hmm.

Anyway. Thought I'd share a few pics with you today.
The first one is a nice little comparison. It started snowing on Saturday night. It was that big, soft, heavy, fluffy snow that makes everything completely still and silent. I took this picture a little before 10. The next picture was taken about 7 the next morning by Hubby. It is the same angle, one is just a little further away. If you notice my swing in the first picture, it just has a little snow, and on the left, closer to the camera are the dormant grasses and flowers starting to get covered. In the second picture those same grasses are that big lump of white in the lower left corner! And to the right that is not a bush, that is a big oak branch in the middle of the road! It was fabulous and crazy all at the same time! Needless to say it made me giddy! Oh how I love this time of year!

I'm watching the news as I type this - they just announced the widest spread winter storm warning in recorded history. I hope we don't lose our power! Some people did with the first round!!




The rest of these were taken by Cowgirl. She took photography 101 in Discovery this month. I was really impressed with what she learned! She's better than I am, that's for dang sure. Anyway, she LOVES it. I'm thinking I sense a new hobby/talent developing? Which, afterall, is the whole point of Discovery. I love my school.










It's hard to believe that these pictures were just taken within the past 2 weeks. Sunshine, no jackets, leaves on the ground and then BAM! Winter Wonderland!


It all just adds to the wonderful holiday season. I'm so excited for Thanksgiving - especially with so much to be grateful for. I'm especially grateful that my brother is hosting Thanksgiving Dinner at his house, and all I have to bring is creamed corn! and it's not the gross kind of creamed corn either. It is super easy, and super delicious!!

What are all your plans for Thanksgiving? Anybody venturing out on Black Friday?
I am! It is the most wonderful time of the year after all! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Summertime in review

I was such a sporadic blogger this year. I feel like I took pictures of so many things I wanted to blog about, both to share with my friends, and also to journal my year for myself. I thought I'd take time today to just get a few of those things recorded before I forget! Please pardon all the pictures....but I was sorta click happy this year.

As many of you know I was released from the Young Women's presidency in church this summer. It was such a bittersweet thing for me. I adore those girls. I love them like litte sisters and want so much for them. I was so sad to leave. On the other hand, being called to the Primary Presidency is not without blessings itself. I get to serve with one of my very best friends, and the children I serve include my three beautiful daughters. The time I have had in Primary so far has truly been such a joy.

One of my last activities with the Young Women was our pre-camp cookout at the YW President's house. We made S'mores with GIANT marshmallows. The result was sort of a mess. But fun none the less. What does "none the less" even mean, anyway?





This masterpiece is the S'mores volcano created by our President.


One of my first activities with the primary children was a neighborhood parade where the children got to decorate their bikes or scooters, and we rode around the neighborhood. My camera died so I only got this one picture of Monkey, but it is hilarious. This was ENTIRELY her idea. We have this clown wig floating around from last Halloween, and she insisted that she should be a clown in the parade. That girl cracks me up.



One of the best parts of summer was the time spent going to soccer games - I spent far too much money on soccer tickets, and went to more games than I should have. Actually, several of the times were with tickets that were given as gifts, so I guess I splurged only a couple of times. Anyway, it was so much fun, even if our boys sadly went home during the first round of the play-offs, after having such an incredible season. Sniffle.



I may or may not have taken an embarassing amount of pictures of this guy:




I love our mascot LEO almost as much as I love Chris Wingert!!

The girls each got a chance to meet LEO at our city soccer complex on picture day this year:






As the summer wound down we continued our annual tradition of going to the County Fair with Grandpa and Grandma. The kids spent some time in a fun petting zoo - and this camel even "kissed" Cowgirl right on the cheek when she wasn't paying attention. It was pretty funny.





Monkey was terrified of the pigs. I guess they are much bigger and uglier in real life than on cartoons! She wouldn't get near the pens. I kept trying to get her to get a closer look. Then she saw this one:



To which she exclaimed, "LOOK! There's a MOLDY one!" I would have fallen on the floor laughing if the floor wasn't covered with farm animal poo.


This is one of my favorite pictures I have taken ever. My dad is in poor health, each year a little worse than the last. In order to allow him keep going to places with us on occasion, he has invested in a motorized wheelchair. I adore this picture of Cowgirl and Monkey walking with him through the fairgrounds.




We had a lot more going on this summer, but I'll save that for another day. And for the record, I do have a son. He is just at that age where he's not into getting his picture taken, so although he was at the fair, and went to a soccer game with his dad, and is generally part of all our family activities - my pictures don't reflect that! I'm going to have to do something about that!!


Hope the trip down "summer memory lane" wasn't too boring! And now on to the Holidays! Yipee!!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Somebody Pinch Me....

Because I have GOT to be dreaming, right?


Memba when I did THIS poll? And then when I did this one?


GUESS WHAT?


My boys are touring again!



And even if you voted against them (that very small percentage of you), your boys are too!That's right - New Kids are touring with Backstreet Boys! Now if you read the first link above - you know that although my deepest loyalty lies with those fabulous 5 boys from Boston... I still very much appreciate the talent, and enjoy the music of the Backstreet Boys. Yeah, Tanielle and I are SO going to this one (please bless that they come to SLC so I don't have to drag her to Vegas). I've already threatened her that she better not DARE get pregnant this time!!



So when I found out that this rumor was true last week - I was walkin' on air. But it was as if the Concert gods just didn't feel like I had been quite rewarded enough...



Today I learned that BON JOVI is also coming in the spring! Bon Jovi = hands down best rock band of all time! Am I right? The last several tours they have bypassed Utah (boo), but they have finally seen the light, and are coming to my town!



Could my spring BE any better? I don't think so. Is there a musician, or group that you would absolutely NOT pass up, if they were coming to perform in your town?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

What are you watching?

Holy crapola, I know! It's been a while right? It was a lifesaver this past month to get slammed with Halloween orders for Ribbon Blossoms - but it sure did keep me away from my lovelies (that's you guys), and THAT, my friends, is never a good thing. How the heck have you all been?

One of the things that kept me sane during hours and hours of "stuff-making" was the company of my trusty television. I thought I'd reward her (yeah, I've decided my TV is a girl) by spotlighting her here on my blog. I know, right? What better way to make my grand re-entrance into the blogosphere than share with you my fall TV review. I know you're just waiting on the edge of your seats to hear my opinions.

Many people are surprised to find that I do not have DVR, nor do I have satellite or cable TV. Dark ages, I know. But interestingly enough - even with just basic broadcast antenna - there is still a plethora (bonus vocab word of the day for ya) of quality television programs for me to get addicted to watch.

So here's my review this years fall TV shows - both old favorites and new addictions:

Hellcats (new): Network: CWTV.... Day and time: Wednesday, 8:00 p.m. MST.



I had NO desire to watch this show. It looked like a lame, petty cheerleader show that would be shallow and skanky and nothing I would be interested in. Turns out it's actually a lot of fun to watch, and the characters are interesting, endearing and very well constructed. It is about Marty, the "anti" cheerleader, a broke law student who spends her limited free time ridiculing cheerleaders, or as she calls them, "football groupies" and other such superficial girls. When Marty loses her scholarship and exhausts all other avenues of paying for school, as a last resort she tries out for the cheerleading squad - a cheer scholarship her only hope for staying in school. She joins the squad and learns that there is more to these girls than she knew. She makes both enemies and friends, and coupled with the underlying romantic subplots, I give the show 2 thumbs up - very fun to watch, great characters - and Alyson Michalka and Ashley Tisdale are absolutely adorable in it!

The Vampire Diaries - Network: CWTV.... Day and time: Thursday, 7:00 p.m. MST


Another show I had no intention of watching - I accidentally got sucked into it last season when I was working on something, and the TV was on and I was too lazy busy to get up and switch the channel. I thought it was just some rip-off of that other vampire-y obsession going on around the globe these past few years. Turns out the book series "The Vampire Diaries" actually came out YEARS before the Twilight series. Either back in the 80's or 90's - can't remember which. This show is just a guilty pleasure. It has beautiful people to look at, teen-angst filled romance, action/adventure - suspense. Just an all-around nice distraction from real life. And as my dear friend MiMi often tells me, "Damon is hot".

NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles - Network: CBS.... Day and time: Tuesday, 7:00 and 8:00 p.m. MST



NCIS is just one of my all-time favorite shows. I LOVE action/adventure movies and shows. I love cop shows, military shows, spy shows - I just love 'em. I have watched every single episode of every single season of NCIS. It has such a fantastic ensemble cast - the characters are smartly written, and the on screen chemistry between all the cast members is just wonderful to watch. The story-lines of the shows are really secondary to the relationships and interactions of the characters. I can't say enough just how much I love this show. Which is why I was stoked to learn of a spinoff last year - the Los Angeles version. Featuring Chris O'Donnel and L.L. Cool J (LOVE him!), I was super excited to watch. And I was not disappointed. The show is great and I look forward to watching every single week.

Blue Bloods (new) - Network: CBS.... Date and time: Friday, 9:00 p.m. MST

Okay, I had EVERY intention of watching this show when I heard about it. I mean seriously - what could be better than a New Kid On The Block....AND Magnum P.I. keeping the upstanding citizens of New York safe from criminals of every variety? Starring Donnie Wahlberg (LOVE) and Tom Selleck (also LOVE) as well as several other recognizable names, Blue Bloods is about the Reagan family. With grandpa - retired NYPD, Father (Tom Selleck) and NYPD Commissioner, sons and police officers Danny (Donnie Wahlberg), Jamie, and another son killed in the line of duty, daughter Erin - Assistant District Attorney, and several grandchildren - this shows the cases they work, and the relationships and interactions they have as a family. I adore this show - and was overjoyed to learn it has been picked up for a full season! Yay!

Nikita (new) - Network: CWTV Date and time : Thursday, 8:00 p.m. MST

Okay - this is a revamp of an old favorite that had the potential to become a new addiction. Sadly, this wasn't the case. It is a sort of reinvention of the story, with some of the same characters from the original TV Series La Femme Nikita - which I used to love. I watched 2 ep.s of the new Nikita and was not impressed. I don't love that the character's characters are so different than the characters I loved from the previous version. I know - I'm sort of a traditionalist like that. Anyway - no Nikita addiction for me.

And I have saved the BEST for Last!

I absolutely am COMPLETELY in love with...... the NEW....

HAWAII FIVE-O! Network: CBS.... Day and time: Monday, 9:00 p.m. MST



I never watched the original - but know that my mom enjoyed it, and I remember it being a big hit. I first decided to watch it for Alex O'loughlin - I loved him on the short-lived series' Moonlight, as well as Three Rivers - so when I heard he was in a new cop show - I was all for it. And I have to tell you - it is my new favorite show. I love it. I love the rest of the characters, I love the beautiful scenery, I love the stories, and love, love, LOVE the onscreen interaction and chemistry of the characters. I hope this series is around for a long time to come - because I'm lovin' it!!

So there you have it my friends - everything you need to know about the fall TV lineup on basic, broadcast antenna. Do you feel like you wish you could get back the past 3 minutes of your life? What are you watching?

Thursday, September 23, 2010

I've Arrived!

I mean, I must have arrived to be featured over at Serenity Now...right?

I'm thrilled to be sponsoring a Ribbon Blossoms giveaway hosted by the fabulous Amanda - go check it out for your chance to win!

In other news...I spent 11 hours at 2 different ER's yesterday. That's right I got sent from one ER to the next.

Pixie has been having severe abdominal pain in her right lower quadrant. Yeah, that area of appendicitis fame. Between 3 hours at the first hospital, who determined that they were worried by her symptoms, even though her labs came back normal, (but they don't do pediatric surgery there) - and 8 hours at the next hospital they sent us to - well...it was a loooooong night.

After all that and IV's and tests, and CT scans - they determined that appendicitis was not the culprit. Which yes - a relief. What would have been MORE of a relief is if they could have told us what IS causing the pain.

So we still have no answers, but were assured that most of the things that are really serious were ruled out by the CT scan. That's good, but I still wish I could make my daughter feel better! Hoping that whatever it is passes soon.

Thankfully we have wonderful family support - after leaving Pixie and I at the first ER to go pick up the other kids from school, Hubby dropped them at my moms. Thank goodness for school uniforms! My mom had them all put on big long T-shirts and washed the clothes and underwear they were wearing, and they were able to get ready for school at her house this morning and Hubby just picked them up from there and took them to school. Wearing the same outfit they wore yesterday? Not a problem!

Hope everybody's having a good week - I'm off to go snuggle with my daughter.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Mother Nature - sometimes we take her power for granted

I'm supposed to be working in the basement. We have a dumpster coming today to put all the crap in that we're getting rid of. Instead I've been glued to the tv all morning, and most of last night.

There is a huge wildfire burning the mountain behind where I grew up. I used to ride 4-wheelers in the foothills. My parents still live in that home. They are safe, as is my childhood home. But I have many friends who have been evacuated, and are uncertain of the safety of those homes. Over 1400 homes were evacuated last night.

4 homes have burned, which is a small number, but still devastating for those families. It appears that the fire has been contained now and some people furthest from the fire have been allowed back into their homes, but many are still unable to return.

Still, what a blessing that things aren't worse - this morning is much brighter than last night where disbelief and fear prevailed. The Unified Firefighters who have been on the mountain since yesterday afternoon were just called the best in the nation by the governor. There have been NO injuries or deaths to locals, and firefighters have only sustained some minor, job-related injuries.

I just wanted to share some incredible pictures that were taken by a dear family friend, and neighbor to my parents, Bob Lieshman.







We sometimes forget the sheer power of Mother Nature. We really are no match for her!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Taggeriffic!

The always fabulous JennyKate has tagged me on her blog! She thought I might need a blog prompt because I've been such a slacker! The sad thing is, I actually have a TON of stuff I want to blog about - I just never seem to find the time! Here's how the tag works: Answer the following 8 questions, tag 8 friends, and have them answer 8 new questions.

JennyKate's questions for me:

1. What are you most looking forward to about fall?



The colors, and smells in the mountains. I'm not sure there is anything more glorious than the colors and smells of fall in the Wasatch Mountains. I'm looking forward to many Sunday afternoon drives with the kids in the mountains!

2. What are some current things on your to-do list?

I am trying to get our basement cleaned and a bedroom finished for Cowgirl. I'd actually like to post some pictures of that some day!!

3. Do you go to Starbucks? If so, what's your favorite drink?

Sorry JennyKate - no coffee for this girl!

4. What is your favorite book right now?

I just re-read The Alliance. I read it many times over as a teenager. It is an amazing action/adventure novel that beautifully illustrates the eternal principle of agency. I find it so accurately portrays the absolute truth that no matter what ways you come up with to FORCE a person to do good things, you can never make him a good person. We are only good, if we CHOOSE to be - not just because we are forced to be. I highly recommend it.

5. What was your favorite movie from the summer?

Sadly, I have not been to a single movie this summer.

6. Do you take pictures? If so, what kind of camera do you use (even if it is your camera on your phone)? Show us your recent favorite pic!

I LOVE taking pictures - although I'm not very good at it! I have a Panasonic Lumix, and I love it! I took this picture a couple of days ago when we were in a local craft mall and Monkey found this and took it upon herself to model it for us - it was hilarious!

7. Who is your favorite celebrity?

It is currently soccer season - my ReAL boys are doing AWESOME! I've been to several games, and watch on T.V. when I don't get a chance to go to the game. So for now - my current celebrity obsession has got to be this boy:

Chris Wingert

8. Why did you originally start your blog?

I first thought it might be a good way to get some attention for the hairbow business I was doing with my friend Tanielle - it quickly became apparent to me that my blog would be the avenue to something far more valuable than attention for my business. I've met some of my dearest friends through blogging.

Now I tag: The Polka Dot Daisy, Serenity Now, FrouFrou Britches, Karen's Korner, Emmy Mom, Sweet Pea, Bless This Mess, Adventures in Rollerskating.

Here are my questions for you:

Are you a night-owl or an early-bird? And would you change it if you could?

If you could go back to any moment in your past and make a different choice, would you? If it's not too personal - what was that moment?

Do you believe in prayer?

If you won a $500 shopping spree, but had to spend it in ONE store - what store would it be?

What is your favorite food?

Who has been your biggest inspiration in life?

Which room is your favorite room in your house?

Are you a country-girl, or a city-girl? And I'm not asking where you LIVE but who you are!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Gettin' my fruit on!


Hey all! Time to talk Muffin Top with Shortmama! That sounds sorta wrong, doesn't it?

Anyway.

Today's question is "How do you stay on track with the change of the seasons?"

My answer? First I have to freakin' get on track!!

But besides that - I, like Shortmama, am relishing the "soup-eating season"! I LOOOOOOVE soup! I'm anxious for Shortmama to share some of those healthy soup recipes she mentioned as well (hint, hint).

One of the things that I've recently become involved with that I think will really help me stay eating healthier in the winter is Bountiful Baskets.

Some of you might know what I'm referring to. I am ordering through a friend right now, so I don't know exactly how everything works, but what I do know is that Bountiful Baskets is a food co-op, volunteer run, and for $15 I get $50 worth of fruits and vegetables.

Not some unkown, scary produce either. High quality, purchased locally first, then regionally, then from small farmers in Mexico (yeah for small farmers!) produce. We are currently on our 2nd basket and we are loving it. The picture above is an actual photo of a Bountiful Basket...not mine, but it IS an accurate portrayal of what they are.

This week for $15 I got: a bunch of bananas, a bunch of grapes, a canaray melon, 2 bell peppers, a half dozen tomatoes, a half dozen peaches, 2 bunches of celery, a cabbage, a bundle of romaine lettuce, a dozen plums and a carton of strawberries - and I think that's it. But I might remember something else later!

And it's good stuff! And they have other options for breads, and tortillas, and I'm not sure what else, but I plan on snooping around their website some more to see what else I can score!

Shortmama - they do Bountiful Baskets in AZ - if you're interested. Also, they have a $25 option for 100% certified organic that I'm going to look into.

So for now, my weapon for helping me stay on track this winter is Bountiful Baskets - and I'm really excited about it! I have even gotten some stuff that I've never tried before, and I'm venturing into some new recipes as a result!

What are some of your ideas for staying on track with the season change?

Sunday, September 5, 2010

What really matters


I can't believe the summer is coming to an end. Not that I'm not ready to welcome in fall - because I SO am!

But it's funny, part of me is SO OVER summer, I really am done with the heat - but at the same time it seems like it just flew by! Does that make any sense?

August was especially over in a blink. But it was my best month of the year. Even with the chaos of back to school, and trouble with my shoulder and the accompanying pain and uncertainty, I have had more peace and been more focused on what really matters than probably any time in my life.

In a meeting at the end of June, our Bishop stood and issued a challenge to the members of our ward. He challenged us to attend the temple 6 times during the month of August. 6 times!!! Along with the challenge he gave us 6 promises - for attending the temple 6 times during the month.

The promises were:

1- We will draw closer to the Lord
2- We will be spiritually prepared to face what is put upon us daily.
3- We will receive answers to those questions that are most pressing to us currently.
4- We will have the Spirit of the Lord be with us.
5- We will feel renewed in our bodies and our minds.
6- We will have a greater understanding of Temples and their saving ordinances.

One of the most valuable things I learned from accepting this challenge was that it really isn't very difficult to make time for the temple. We got a slow start, and missed the first week. But we determined we would just go twice a week for the rest of the month. Then my shoulder wrecked those plans. I missed almost another entire week with that. But we were still able to attend 6 times. We ended up going twice on the 31st! We went once in the morning and did initiatory, and went again in the evening for a session.

Doing the 2 different ordinances in the same day really touched me that day, and promise number 6 was really realized for me on that last day, as well as throughout the month. I sat in church today and went through all 6 blessings in my mind, and as I reflected on my life over the past month, I realized that I truly had been blessed in each of these ways.

Another wonderful thing for us was that there were so many people in our ward attending the temple so often in order to reach their goal, that we saw at least one of our neighbors and friends every single time we went! I don't think that's happened to me 6 times in my entire life before this month, let alone 6 times in 4 weeks! It was such a neat experience, and our ward drew even closer than we already were.

My house isn't cleaner, my life isn't more organized, my wallet isn't fatter - and even though I ALWAYS know that these aren't the things that really matter, it's still hard to take that knowledge and FEEL okay with my life in a disarray. But this month I have had such a peace in my heart, and I truly have been able to let go of the stress and anxiety that I usually feel over these and other issues and embrace the knowledge I have of the true and everlasting gospel of Jesus Christ, find joy in temple service, and just ENJOY the blessings I have in my life.

I like feeling this way. I want it to stay. So I've decided to try to attend the temple weekly from now on. I know now that I CAN make the time. And how blessed I am to live in this valley where there are temples nearby in every direction. Today during testimony meeting, someone pointed out that if we had wanted to, we could have met the Bishop's challenge and attended a different temple each time without really having to go out of our way.

We also had a new missionary tell us last week how much he loves the temple, and he's going as much as he can before he leaves on his mission to Romania, because then he won't be able to attend for 2 years. It made me feel a little embarrassed at how many temples we have close by, yet how seldom I go.

So anytime anyone wants to join me - I'll be going each week. I'm so grateful our Bishop was inspired to give us this challenge and I'm glad I decided to take this challenge, because it has blessed my life and strengthened my spirit.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Sabbath.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Details...

So my previous post was sorta vague, and I had a number of questions asked. So here's the scoop.

For the last month I have been having some minor shoulder pain and stiffness. I figured it was from the way I was sitting on the couch at night with my elbow perched up on the arm of my couch while I was using my laptop. So I quit sitting that way, and started doing some exercises to try to loosen up that muscle and get rid of the stiffness. Last week the pain started to get a little more intense.

Thursday afternoon I noticed I was unable to reach my arm above my head and was a little concerned. Then Thursday night on my way to pick up Cowgirl from soccer practice I tried to make a left hand turn, and the pain in my shoulder was excruciating. It literally brought me to tears. With that Hubby said, "We're going to have it checked."

Friday morning I had lost more mobility and had more intense pain. My doctor was able to squeeze me in on Friday afternoon, and after a brief examination, and some X-rays, he found that I had a large calcium deposit growing on my rotator cuff. The doctor said that given the size, it has been growing for months. He says that at some point in my life I injured that tendon, and now it has begun to calcify. The growth is right where everything is supposed to slide, and move and rotate together when you use your arm and shoulder, and that's why it is so painful. He said I would likely need surgery and referred me to a specialist. I made an appointment for Monday.

By Friday night I had lost all mobility in my arm and the pain was enough that I felt like I was going to pass out. Each day through the weekend the pain got worse. It got to the point that I felt as if there were a knife plunged into my arm on the side and on the top of my shoulder constantly, and with every beat of my heart the knives were being twisted. I was popping over the counter pain medication right and left, with little relief. I couldn't sleep, because there was no position that didn't increase the pain.

Sunday the Bishop pulled me aside and had Hubby and I come into his office, and they, along with the other member of our bishopric gave me a priesthood blessing. He had noticed from the stand during Sacrament Meeting that I was in bad shape. The peace this brought, and the actual slight relief of pain in my arm that followed helped me make it through the rest of church.

By Monday morning I was a mess. We went to the surgeon, who reviewed my X-rays and recommended that before surgery we try a steroid injection. If it didn't work, or if it worked but only lasted a short time, then the next step would be surgery. If it worked and lasted for a year or more, then maybe we would just do another injection at that time.

I braced myself. I am NOT a fan of needles. I don't know why, but I am just really freaked out by them. And this was no small needle! So here's the doctor and his assistant, and they are telling me to relax, and it will be less painful. The assistant then proceeds to pull my arm downward in order to separate everything in the shoulder so they can get the needle positioned. I wanted to scream! The needle went in through the BACK to reach the deposit which is in the front! I tried to breath deep and stay calm. There. Made it. It's over.

Or not. Now the assistanta says, "now we need to work that medicine in", and starts jerking my arm all around, up and down, side to side, around in a circle. This is the point I wanted to start stabbing someone.

I did start to feel relief very quickly. I went home and was able to sleep for a couple of hours, and when I woke up I didn't have much pain at all while sitting still, and I had a lot more mobility than before. I still couldn't lift my arm very far before it was painful, but definitely being able to move it was promising! I've been exercising and trying to get that muscle back in shape. Today I have a little more pain than I had Monday afternoon or yesterday, but I'm hoping it is just from working that muscle and having it be a little sore. It is still nothing like it was, so I am trying to stay optimistic.

Thank you to EVERYONE for your concern, and kind words. It means so much.

Needless to say, I pretty much fell off the Muffin Top to Skinny Jeans wagon - at first I was in so much pain that I couldn't eat anything, but then when I had relief I wanted and felt I DESERVED to eat as crappy as I wanted to! But that's no excuse, and I hope I have better progress to report next week!

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, August 23, 2010

I have a good reason for not blogging or visiting!

It's because typing has felt like a white hot knife that has been sitting in a fire is being plunged into my shoulder!

Yes I can be dramatic, but I have really been in a great deal of pain since Thursday. The verdict is still out on whether I will need surgery or not, but today I was given a steroid shot in my shoulder. It was not pleasant. If it doesn't work I may go back and stab the doctor and the nurse with a fork in THEIR shoulders. Just sayin.

I am feeling some relief right now. Still hurts, but much better than this time yesterday, so keep your fingers crossed that this will do the trick and I will not need surgery!

It is still painful to type, but just wanted to let you guys know I may not comment much the next few days, but I will still be trying to read and get caught up on all you've been up to!

Have an awesome week!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Look over there ----------->

Yeah, over there to your right.

I did it. I relaunched Ribbon Blossoms.

With my previous site being hacked by some jerk-face, and how much work it took to build the site and get it ready, I've decided to move over to Etsy and see how I like it there.

I'd love if you'd stop over and check me out. Maybe even give me a thumbs up by favoriting my shop. No pressure. It's not as if our friendship depends on it or anything.

I'm really excited for some of the new things I'm going to be listing. Especially my tutu Halloween Costumes! They are so. much. fun.

Thank you to everyone who encouraged me to get back on the horse, so to speak, when I was trying to decide if I wanted to jump back on. Your support means a lot to me.

Coming up I will be sponsoring a giveaway hosted by my awesome friend Amanda - so watch for that.

Just wanted to let you know -now I'm off to make cute things!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Journey from Muffin Top to Skinny Jeans

I've been wanting to link up with Shortmama ever since she started this weekly link up.

But as you know I have become QUITE the blog-slacker.

Well guess what? I have been even MORE of a health-slacker. So sad. So true.

I read the other participants posts and I feel soooo LAME.

Last week I thought "I am getting ON this right now!" And then drew even MORE determination when I started going through the discs of pictures from girls' camp that one of the other members of the presidency brought over for me.

I'm looking through, seeing all the adorable girls, reminiscing about the fun week we had, the spirit we felt, the bonds we forged....when suddenly - WHO IS THAT FAT LARD in the pictures with the girls?

Oh. Crap. That's me. Ugh.

I m so done being fat!

Anyway, today Shortmama asked us what program we are following. For me it is a combination of calorie counting, and just over-all healthy eating. I try very hard to purchase foods for our family without preservatives, that aren't processed or high in sugar or sodium. I kissed white bread goodbye years ago, and now I can't STAND it when I'm visiting somewhere and have to eat it. Blech.

I also try to watch my calories, and keep them under a certain number, just so I know I'm not consuming more calories than I burn.

The last thing is exercise. I have been really hit and miss lately, but I really, REALLY enjoy working out when I am on a good roll and doing it regularly. I feel better, I lose weight faster, and I'm proud of myself for setting a good example for my kids of healthy living, and discipline.

I've done much better this week and am actually down almost 3 lbs! My goal for this next week is to re-incorporate exercise into my weekly routine. Wish me luck!

Thanks Shortmama for hosting this and inspiring me!!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Tales of a Sasquatch Research Team



It's Friday, It's Friday! Y'all know what that means, right? Time for some cussing with MiMi! I have several moments from girls camp that, well - there's no cursing at church activities! But I thought YOU would all enjoy a laugh or few at my expense.

It started out on a nice summer morning. We met at Sister H's house with all the girls and got loaded up and on our way. I was riding with one of my favorite people - Sister P. We had three darling young women also riding with us:

"E", "L", and "D"

We were about 10 minutes behind everyone because Sister P and I both had to stop back home to grab things we wanted to take but forgot to pack.We got on the freeway and headed south. We had a HORRIBLE map, and some clearly written instructions on how to get there, so generously provided by the Stake Young Women's Presidency. The instructions said to exit the freeway at exit 275, 8th North in Orem. Well, we got off on exit 275 - but it was NOT 8th North! Sister P said "I have never gone this way to get to Provo Canyon." We meandered around for a bit, and realized that this was NOT the right exit! Luckily we all enjoy each other's company and spent most of the time laughing and mocking ourselves.

We hopped back on the freeway and headed to the next exit. "Do you think this one's it?" Sister P asked. "No, I don't think so." L answered. So we passed it. And maybe the next exit too. When we finally got off the freeway someone said, "I think we went to far". We laughed more at our idiotness (real word, I promise) and I called Hubby. "We may have missed the exit. We're on Center Street". My ear was greeted with obnoxious laughter. "Uh, YEAH - you went a little too far". He steered us in the right direction.

We were hoping that we were so late that by the time we got there camp would already be set up and we wouldn't have to do any work!

So we finally made it into Provo Canyon, and were it not for the delay, we would never have had the chance to witness a REAL Sasquatch Research Team! No I am not even kidding. We come up to this car, and it has this window sticker that says Sasquatch Research Team. We're all laughing thinking what a cool, funny person. As we get closer, we realize it is not a joke. The car is covered with Big Foot paraphernalia. "Big Foot is NOT a myth - he is real!" "In Search of Sasquatch"...all sorts of other ones that I can't recall at the time.
I, being the shining example I am as a Young Women's leader say "Hey, pull up beside them - I want to see if they look like weirdos!" I felt a little bad about that. But only a little. We pulled up and D says, "They look normal. Oh, except that girl has an 'I heart Bigfoot' shirt on."
So that became our joke for the ride up. We were forming our own Sasquatch Research Team.

We had a fun week at camp. One night, I was heading down to the restroom with D (camp rules -you must always have a "buddy" with you.) It was late and dark. There was this weird locked up tiny building that looked like it used to be a bathroom, but now was barred off and padlocked. It also had a steel door behind the "cage" part, and another on the side. Earlier in the week one of my other little cuties, "S" had said she swore she saw something alive under the door. I told her that's where they kept Sasquatch locked up.

So back to D and I. We're waking down to the bathroom, and you know how you work yourselves up and scare yourselves in the woods at night? Yeah, we were doing that. We got to the building and I said "That's where Sasquatch is, S saw something moving in there". D says "SHUT UP!" I had been tossing rocks ahead of us to make sounds in the trees and had her freaked out. As we were walking past the steel door, D was ahead of me. There's just a narrow path that you can only fit single file, with the building on one side of you and the trees on the other. So as we passed I kicked the steel door hard - it made a loud boom and D screamed and jumped and then she told me she was never walking with me at night again!
D and I - she made me wear her cookie monster cap. She dared me to wear it down to devotional with the stake. She didn't think I would. She was wrong.

The next night, a few of us, including D snuck down to scare the girls that were in the bathrooms brushing their teeth. We had some good fun. As we were walking back, S was with us (S is afraid of her own shadow), D told me to kick the door again when we walked past and scare S, since it had been such a success the night before with her! So we're walking single file. D is in front, followed by S, then me, then Sister P. We get to the door. I wind up and kick the door (sideways) with my left foot as hard as I can. It's a steel door. I SWEAR it pushed back. And knocked me sideways. Into the forest. Flat on all fours. It hurt. I could not get up I was laughing so hard. Sister P nearly fell over me when I went down and barely caught herself. D and S turn around "ARE YOU OK?" they both ask, as S steps in my direction. CRUNCH. Yeah, my sunglasses were still perched on the top of my head from earlier in the day. They went flying when Sasquatch fought back. S stepped on them as she turned to check on me. It was the highlight of the trip for all who witnessed it. I am not a petite flower. I went down HARD.

I got up and dragged my bruised and dusty self back to camp. I held up my crunched sunglasses for all to see. "I was attacked by Sasquatch" was the explanation I gave.

Sister H was concerned, worried I might really be hurt. It was so sweet of her. But she's known me long enough, that she should know by now that this isn't the first time, nor will it be the last, that I do something so dumb.

I'll be sharing more on girls camp in the days to come. I want to drag it out as long as I can, because I'm sure you know by now that I am so, so sad not to be in Young Women's anymore!

Head over to MiMi's to check out more great stories!

I'm also linking up to:

Weekend Bloggy Reading

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Dishing it with Amanda!

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One of the things I have REALLY missed with my lack of regular blogging is linking up to the fun blog parties my friends host. Today I'm glad to be Dishing it with Amanda!

Head on over and link up if you want to find out more about your bloggy friends, and make some new friends in the process!

The theme for today is Summer Rewind! Here's the scoop:

Best activity I participated in this summer ~ I would have to say taking my kiddos to Lagoon.


It is one of my favorite places in the world, and I was so glad to share that with my kids TWICE this summer! To read about it click here.

Family trips ~ Although we did some great family activities this summer, we didn't take any trips all together. However Hubby and Bookworm went on a 5- day scout camp. The girls and I didn't have the best week that week. Check that out here. Also, I went to Girls' Camp with my Young Women, which was an absolute delight. I'll probably be sharing more of that adventure coming up!

Best new recipe I tried this summer ~ I got a quesadilla maker for my birthday and tried my hand at a black bean and corn quesadilla. The kids loved them.

Most exciting thing I've done this summer ~ It's not necessarily something I did, but the most exciting thing that happened in our family this summer was my son turning 12 and being ordained to the Aaronic Priesthood. It was a huge milestone and I'm so proud of him, and what a fine young man he is turning into.

Coolest crafty thing I made, or home decor thing I tried ~ This question makes me really feel like a loser, because I did not try one. new. craft. this summer. I made a few gifts that are things I have already done in the past. Boo. My summer was just too busy for crafting. Hopefully that will change soon!

Best book or magazine issue I read ~ I have just started (for the 2nd time) reading John Adams by David McCullough.

I have mentioned in the past my love for our Founding Fathers, and I LOVE David McCullough's work. Reading about the birth of this great nation, and the people who were so instrumental in it's establishment is so inspiring and I am really enjoying it.

Coolest new blog I've found ~ I'm sad to say that at best I've been able to sort of just keep up with visiting bloggers who I'm already familiar with and who visit me...and not very well at that! But I'm really grateful for the blog friends I have, and hopefully I can meet some new ones today!

Favorite bargain or shopping find of the summer ~ I actually just went to the DI Monday and found some great deals on some clothes for my girls. Here's what I got for $28.

That's right - 3 pairs of pants, 3 skirts, 2 sweaters, a cowgirl shirt and a uniform jacked for school. All in like-new condition!

Favorite thing I got for Monkey:

Favorite thing I got for Pixie:

Favorite thing I got for Cowgirl:

My best post of the summer ~ Ha! I am the lamest blogger ever! I don't have any great posts from this past summer. Hopefully I can get better at it, and not be so boring anymore.

What's left on my summer to-do list? ~ EVERYTHING! I really, REALLY need to keep working on getting my house organized, and most importantly, I really need to get Cowgirl's bedroom finished.

Wow - even when given prompts I am boring! Sorry to everyone who is reading today! I hope you've all had a great summer - and remember that the Ribbon Blossoms re-launch is just 8 days away!

As a last note - in case you were wondering what the widget at the top of my blog is about: Many of you know I am a founding member of my children's charter school, and currently serve on the board of trustees. As such I have grown very passionate about the issue of school choice. If you are a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle, older brother or sister, or just have a school aged child that you really care about, I encourage you to get involved. Please pledge to see "Waiting for Superman" by clicking above. Especially my Utah friends - the amount of pledges from our state determines whether the movie will show in Utah or not, and we want it here! Pledging does not commit you to anything, and you will receive a giftcode for $5 that you can gift to a classroom project of your choice on donorschoose.org. I'll be blogging more about choice in education in a few days.