Monday, January 30, 2012
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Today was different. Not only was it tantrum, whining and Facebook free, but the day was absolutely beautiful. I made dinner and the kids were happily in bed by 7 p.m. I honestly enjoyed every moment with my kids while we did things like going to the park and dance class and I kept thinking - Now this is the beauty of motherhood. There is no other place I want to be then here with these sweet children.
The only thing that could dampen my spirits today would be the fact that the battery on my Macbook Pro is about to explode (much like this one.) So, my evening has been spent trying to back everything up and not start a fire in my house.
Oh well. Guess that means it is time to buy a new laptop! Now that is a beautiful idea as well.
Friday, January 20, 2012
Time. We all want more of it. As I lay here in bed early in the morning on my dream vacation in
In the words of a wise fictional character, “All you have to decide is what to do with the time given to you.”
We decided on a theme for 2012 as a family – “Living the Abundant Life” based on this talk by the president of our church, President Monson. Basically, focusing on the most important things in life and simplifying everything. Making the most of the time given to us. See where I am going here?
For starters, I am disabling my Facebook account for at least the next 3 months as part of my “Abundant Life” experiment. I am a believer in Social Media. I have a Masters in technology for crying out loud. I love being able to know what all of my friends near and far are doing. Be a part of their lives. Share the triumphs of my life, post cute pictures of my kids and ask for advice. There are so many positive things to Facebook that I love. However, I know I am addicted. I waste so much time during the day checking my blasted iPhone. Time I could be teaching Elisabeth to read, singing with Carsten, blogging, doing laundry, learning new talents, keeping up-to-date with educational news or heaven forbid – reaching out to my friends and family IN PERSON. I realized we rarely call some of Lance’s siblings because I feel I know how they are doing based on their Facebook posts. Something about this lack of personal contact saddens me.
This isn’t a decision I made lightly. I have thought about it and even attempted it in the past. I have been feeling prompted for months the need to remove the clutter in my life and focus on what is most important. My family, my friends, my spirituality, and my mental and physical health.
So, if you need to get a hold of me, I will be happy to send you my contact info. Please just leave a comment and I will pass it along. Let the experiment begin!
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Elisabeth's first dance recital. She really stole the show and we see that the stage may be in her future.
This man became one of the newest equity partners at Knobbe Martens Olsen and Bear LLP.
I ran my first 10K at the Dana Point Turkey Trot. Averaged a 10.30 minute mile.
For someone who was pretty out of shape a year previous, this is wonderful feat.
Elisabeth rode Space Mountain for the first time.
Mom's thoughts: A three year old is way too young.
Pop's thoughts: She is definitely tall enough. Go for it.
Elisabeth's thoughts: Never again. ;-)
(Until she forgot about it and now she can't wait to go into space again.)
Carsten took his first steps in December (14 months.)
At first he looked like he was doing Michael Jackson's "Thriller" dance. He still has an adorable little waddle that is done with his little fists balled up near his armpits. Now he is on the move, all day, every day and into everything.
Elisabeth and Carsten attended their first candlelit Christmas Eve Lutheran service.
Made me miss my mom more than ever, wishing she could have been there to see this sweet moment captured in this picture. This moment highlights the simplicity and beauty of Christmas to me.
Jesus wants this little girl for a Sunbeam.
When in the world did she grow up enough to attend Primary.