Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Attitude of Gratitude Day 6

Day 6 (Monday the 5th)

I am grateful for my camera and being able to capture all these precious moments of my children and family! I am also so grateful for facebook. It's such an easy way to share these photots with my family. My dad and step mom live in Boston. I have a sister in Arizona and another sister in San Diego. Emailing 20 pictures would take me all day, facebook makes it so much easier! Looking back on photos from just 6 months to a year ago, I can't believe how much my children have grown. I don't think I would remember without the pictures!

I am grateful for music. I wish I had a little more talent. I love, love, love to sing! I just wish I had a little more talent. I would give almost anything to be able to play the guitar and sing. I would love to be able to write my own music. Luckily, we have people with plenty of talent that I can listen to!

I am grateful for family night. I'm so glad that we put aside one night a week that we are all home together. Whether we are having a lesson or playing a game. I think it's so important to have at least one night!

I am thankful for all the educational material we have gotten each week from my wellness meetings. I feel like I'm in so much more control over what I'm feeding my family now that I know what I'm supposed to feed them. We have moved to grains, veggies, fruits, with little meat and dairy. I feel a huge difference in my energy levels and my health. I am very grateful to learn about health! I can't believe how much I didn't know!!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Attitude of Gratitude Day 5

Day 5 (Sunday the 4th)

Today is Easter. I am so thankful for the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I know that on the third day he rose. I know that Christ was resurrected and has a body of flesh and bone. I know that because of his sacrifice that I too will be resurrected and have eternal life with my family. I am so thankful for this testimony. I know that families can be together forever. My friend died this last week, and even though I am sad I know that I will see her again. It is so comforting to know that this life does not end with death. I am thankful to my parents who raised me to believe this way. I am thankful to my church and all the examples I had so that I could find my own testimony as well. I am thankful for the scriptures that teach me what Christ would have me do. I am thankful for the life that I have been given and the strength I have been given to endure it. It's not easy to live the way Christ showed us, but I know that it's the right way. I know that through family scripture study, family prayer, family home evening, and attending church and taking the sacrament that I can stay strong and teach my family how to be strong as well. I am so, so thankful for my divine nature. I am so thankful that I am a daughter of my Heavenly Father who loves me. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

I am also thankful for my family coming over and spending Easter Sunday with us today. We had such a wonderful day playing games and hiding eggs together!

Attitude of Gratitude Day 4

Day 4 (Saturday, April 3rd)

I am thankful for the church up the road that put on the community egg hunt this morning. We brought the kids over to Ashford park at 10am and they had no idea what to do. They stood around and looked at the eggs, like you want me to do what with these? Finally, they threw some candy on the ground and that got my babies moving! They were so cute with their little Easter baskets!

I am thankful for the beautiful scenery driving up Highway 49. Today we went to our Nephew's birthday party in Diamond Springs. The fastest way there is to take 49. I love driving in and out of the canyon, through Coloma and Placerville. Unfortunately, it wasn't as pleasant on the babies stomaches and we had to stop a few times for queasiness. I love, love, love living up here in Gold Country! I feel so much closer to the earth and closer to good down to earth people. It is a good place to be!

I am thankful to have wonderful sister-in-laws. I'm so lucky that Bobby's sisters are such sweet hearts! Every time we get together with them I just love them more. I am very blessed to have married into such a close family.

I am thankful for baby wipes. After Ellis had an upset stomach in the car because of the afore mentioned highway, baby wipes were the only thing that saved us.

I am thankful for my DVR which recorded General Conference while I was gone all day. Hopefully, I will have time to listen to all the talks sometime this week. Our modern technology can truly bless us!

Attitude of Gratitude Day 3

Day Three (Friday)

I am thankful that sometimes my husband can work from home. He and Chandler got home from their Scouting camp out around 10:30. Bobby was working for the rest of the day, but I just love having him here.

I am thankful for having a lot of girls who want to babysit my children. Don't ask me why, Ellis screams like we are never coming back. I'm very lucky that the girls are willing to put up with it. I always try to keep the fridge stocked and show them how to work the t.v. Back in the day I was the Grand Poobah of babysitting; nothing is worse than a boring house with no food in it!

I am thankful for my parents. We love going out with my parents. They are probably our best friends! We always laugh and have such a good time together. We love to have them over for games and outdoor activities. Tonight they took Bobby and I out for his birthday. We went to Bootleggers and had a great dinner. I was so good and had french onion soup with no cheese and a baked potato. Even though the food was simple, it was healthy and I felt good afterward. The no guilt made it totally worth it!

I am thankful for butter. I've been trying to do around 90 percent of my food low fat vegan.... but there is one thing that I cannot let go of: butter. I have cut way, way back but I can't completely let go. Butter, I love you.

I am thankful for free movie tickets. We use the rewards points on our credit card toward movie tickets. I love it because then I don't worry so much about spending a ton of money on a bad movie. Tonight we went and saw Clash of the Titans. I was really excited to see it. Let's just say I'm happy it was a movie we didn't pay for.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Attitude of Gratitude Day 2

Thursday (Day 2)

I am grateful for pizza! I love that I can take myself and four children to lunch and only spend $20. Today we went to Folsom and ate at the pizzaria underneath The Hacienda in Old Town. The little children were going nuts until that delicious ham and pineapple pizza hit the table. Then, golden silence as the little ones munched happily away. I can't think of many things better than kids being good in a restaurant and actually eating all their food!

I am grateful for the zoo. How fun that I can take the kids to see different animals! We had such a wonderful outing today. After lunch we went to the little zoo in Folsom. Peacocks were in full parade, mother hens and their chicks roamed the grounds. We saw foxes, bears, deer, llamas, mountain lions, ravens, monkeys, rabbits, boars, and a menagerie of other animals. Ellis stayed in her stroller and Rowan stayed by my side the whole time. When were done looking at the animals we went around the corner to the little train depot. We all got to take a ride on the train and it was so fun! The conductor was a very nice man in overalls and a train hat. The engine was shiny black and puffed out white steam. We chugged along the figure eight track and toot tooted the whistle. I'm so happy that I have such wonderful places to take the kids!

I'm grateful to have a husband that loves kids. Tonight Chandler had an overnight camp out for Scouts. Another adult was needed for the overnight stay and Bobby answered the call. Because of him, I have the family that I always dreamed of. When he comes home at night everyone is excited! He comes in happy and hugs and kisses everyone. He is so loving, kind, and generous. I am grateful every day to married to such a wonderful man!

I am grateful for my new friends in Auburn. It was fun last night to have a girlfriend over while my husband was away to keep me company. I am so lucky that I was able to make friends so easily in this new town. I feel as though God watches over me and guides me to the people that will help me in my life. For that I am truly grateful.

I am grateful for Benadryl. For three weeks now I have been having breakouts of hives throughout the day. If it weren't for the Benadryl at night I would be wide awake and itching. Thank you modern medicine!

Attitude of Gratitude Day 1

So in my fitness/wellness meeting this week we were given the homework to write down 5 things a day that we are grateful for. I am the worst journal writer ever, as you can see from my infrequent posts. However, I decided I may have a better shot getting it on here rather than on paper. Here's my effort.

Wednesday (Day 1)
 I am grateful for my legs having the ability to run. I didn't do my 3 miles, but I did 2. I clean a house in Loomis on Wednesdays and the loop around their neighborhood just happens to be a mile. I try to take advantage of this every week by running before I work.

I am grateful for Wednesdays that feel like Saturdays. Today Bobby has the day off for Cesar Chavez Day. I love having him home, it just feels good.

I am grateful for 3-D glasses. I used to hate those stupid paper ones. They don't work. The plastic ones are much better. Today I saw Alice in Wonderland for the 2nd time. The book is one of my favourites. I've read it countless times and I love the nonsense. I thought that they did a great job on the movie and I wouldn't mind seeing it for a 3rd time.

I am grateful for all the things we have so easily available to us. Walking around the mall I can't believe how much there is. It's all just stuff. I used to spend hours here looking for the perfect outfit or just the right shoe. Majority of my money would go to clothing. Now I at all the shoes through the windows and I would love to have them, but it's different. I don't go in and spend my money on them. I don't live for that perfect pair of shoes anymore. Part of it comes from not being happy with my body at the moment and not buying clothes until I'm at the size I want to be. But I think a bigger part of it is that I have changed. Even though I'm not as happy with my body as I'd like to be I'm also not as insecure as I used to be. I'm happy with who I am. I don't need to hide behind the fashion to make myself feel better. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that I don't like shopping, I'm just saying that I don't live for it like I used to. Also, with kids that outgrow their clothing about as fast as I can buy it I can hardly afford clothing for myself anymore, it all goes to the kids. And the selection for the kids is fantastic! There used to be Baby Gap and that's it. Now there are at least 10 different store just for the kids! We are so blessed with abundance... not just at the mall, but food as well. Look what surrounds the mall, restaurant after restaurant. Anything you can think of, it's there. Grocery stores of all kinds from Winco to Safeway to The Nugget to Whole Foods. Anything we want is within 30 minutes of where we live. For the most part I have money to go into most of these places and purchase things. How is it for the people that don't have the money and still live here? Surrounded by abundance and not being able to use it. I try to be grateful everyday for what we have. I try to help where I can and not squander what I do have. I won't take it for granted.

I am grateful to have an awesome backyard where my family can sit around a fire and roast marshmallows! Tonight my parents came over and we all made smores out back. It was so much fun to be bundled up under the stars with the warm fire in front of us. Watching my diet, I only had two of the wonderfully toasted marshmallows. SO YUMMY! I want to do this all summer.