Friday, July 30, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Don't you think sometimes that it would just be nice to be a kid and believe in things that as we grow older we tend to not believe in anymore? When you are a kid, anything is possible. So why can't we still think that way all of the time? I know- when you are older, then reality sets in and you have responsibilities. I know I know...I've heard it all.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
My brother Jason's birth mom (and she and her family are a huge part of our family) sent this story. I think it is totally how it is for Jason now. I love this story. This is a story for anyone who has lost a loved one.
The Dragonfly Story
Down below the surface of a quiet pond lived a little colony of water bugs. They were a happy colony, living far away from the sun. For many months they were very busy, scurrying over the soft mud on the bottom of the pond. They did notice that every once in awhile one of their colony seemed to lose interest in going about. Clinging to the stem of a pond lily it gradually moved out of sight and was seen no more.
"Look!" said one of the water bugs to another. "one of our colony is climbing up the lily stalk. Where do you think she is going?" Up, up, up it slowly went....Even as they watched, the water bug disappeared from sight. Its friends waited and waited but it didn't return...
"That's funny!" said one water bug to another. "Wasn't she happy here?" asked a second... "Where do you suppose she went?" wondered a third.
No one had an answer. They were greatly puzzled. Finally one of the water bugs, a leader in the colony, gathered its friends together. "I have an idea". "The next one of us who climbs up the lily stalk must promise to come back and tell us where he or she went and why."
"We promise", they said solemnly.
One spring day, not long after, the very water bug who had suggested the plan found himself climbing up the lily stalk. Up, up, up, he went. Before he knew what was happening, he had broke through the surface of the water and fallen onto the broad, green lily pad above.
When he awoke, he looked about with surprise. He couldn't believe what he saw. A startling change had come to his old body. His movement revealed four silver wings and a long tail. Even as he struggled, he felt an impulse to move his wings...The warmth of the sun soon dried the moisture from the new body. He moved his wings again and suddenly found himself up above the water. He had become a dragonfly!!
Swooping and dipping in great curves, he flew through the air. He felt exhilarated in the new atmosphere. By and by the new dragonfly lighted happily on a lily pad to rest. Then it was that he chanced to look below to the bottom of the pond. Why, he was right above his old friends, the water bugs! There they were scurrying around, just as he had been doing some time before.
The dragonfly remembered the promise: "the next one of us who climbs up the lily stalk will come back and tell where he or she went and why." Without thinking, the dragonfly darted down. Suddenly he hit the surface of the water and bounced away. Now that he was a dragonfly, he could no longer go into the water...
"I can't return!" he said in dismay. "At least, I tried. But I can't keep my promise. Even if I could go back, not one of the water bugs would know me in my new body. I guess I'll just have to wait until they become dragonflies too. Then they'll understand what has happened to me, and where I went."
And the dragonfly winged off happily into its wonderful new world of sun and air.......
Monday, July 26, 2010
I hope to accomplish a lot of work. At work. And off to a fun dinner with friends tonight. It will be a fun evening of visiting and eating. Yay that Cori and family are visiting.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
So, I had a very contemplative weekend so far.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Hey maybe if anyone feels upset about something...maybe they could go kick a banana. I don't think the banana would mind and it could maybe get out some pent up frustations you might have?
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
I also got 6 new windows installed yesterday! If windows can be beautiful, these are! I love them! Thank you, Window World! Thanks so much Jared for removing and reinstalling my blinds! You are the B E S T! Happy birthday tomorrow!
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Then that night I went to Stadium of Fire with some friends. Carrie Underwood performed. She has an amazing voice.
Here is one photo of the festivities in the stadium before it got dark.
And more! (I'm just glad that I wasn't in the group of spectators that got hit by some wayward fireworks in the stands. Eek. Smoke billowed all around them but there were no injuries. Phew.)
So then on Sunday, it was nice to sing patriotic songs and to have testimony meeting and to hear people remind us of how blessed we all are.
And here is one lone photo of the parade. Showing the temple and wagon and pioneers. FYI- do you see those people on top of that roof above the parade? Don't slide off! By the way- there were lots of floats and bands and the parade lasted about 2 hours.
Then after the parade, our family met at my sister deb's for a bbq. Yum. I was so hungry. And then after we went to the stables where their horse Sundance is. This first picture is of a new colt that is a few days old. Cute. We also met an albino filly but I didn't take a photo. Should have.
Here is my brother-in-law Troy with Sundance.
A close up of Sundance.
Troy and Sundance and Kiley and Kolby.
And there you go. I was so tired when I got home on Monday late afternoon. I just laid around and watched tv and was so unmotivated to do anything else. It was a funfilled funpacked weekend. Now back to reality and work.
Friday, July 2, 2010
Lana and their sister Zoey. Not eating cake at the moment.
Ben and Ander. And Lissa's arm.
My sis Karen and her youngest son Wy.
I am glad they had a fun time. I was at work. Ah well. I have to pay my bills. ; )
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Happy Thursday! So excited for the long weekend!!! I get to go see the hot air balloons take off, go to the Stadium of Fire with Carrie Underwood performing. And watch the parade. Just lots of fun events. Woohoo!