Tuesday, November 30, 2010

You Might be a Cynic if......

Over the years, I have developed a slightly cynical attitude.  I never realized just how cynical I can be, until very recently.  I just considered it my dry sarcastic humor....which I do believe I still have. 

I just had this thought pop into my mind.  "You might be a cynic if you question a person's actions to have underlying motives."  That is me.

So in the last few weeks, I have done a lot of reflecting.  I have set a goal to be more positive, and not so cynical.  I think Hoss will appreciate this goal, since he sees the majority of my negative thoughts and attitudes.  I am not considering this a New Year's Resolution... I think those are silly...and besides, I am starting right now.  I am setting a personal goal to strive for, one day at a time, every year for the rest of my life.  

It is easier to chip away at the sculpture one tap at a time, rather than expecting a few taps to reveal a masterpiece.

Here we go!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Photo Shoot

During the summer, Grandma D, in Idaho, decided to do a photo shoot of each of her grandchildren with costume change and everything.  Well, Big T and Little H were both unable to participate, due to the 1,000 mile distance in between.

Last week, Grandma D came for a visit!  She came with Grandpa K, Uncle A, his daughter Little A,  and.... Uncle A Uncle W (There, how's that?).  Wow, there are a lot of A names!  Little A is Little H's same age and bestest friend in the whole world!  I hope yall follow this!  It can get confusing!

Grandma D announced that she wanted to do a photo shoot with the three little girls, even with the wardrobe changes too!  The girls were oh so excited!  We gathered the outfits that they would wear and set off before the sun went down.

The kids really enjoyed Grandma D being the photographer.  They posed and smiled.  It was very cute.  Here are the pictures that Grandma D took!

The trio made me laugh.  They were rockin' out all kinds of different poses.

Little H was unsure what pose to do, so this was her classic.

Big T!
She really took her assignment to pose seriously.  She thought her poses out.

Little H!
She really loved having her picture taken.  I love her necklaces.

There were over 100 pictures to choose from.  I'm sure I'll break out the others in the future! 

While us girls were taking pictures, the men went to the Alien Museum.  Exciting right?  Was it all you could have hoped for?  Here are a few of those pictures, taken by Grandpa K!

They have missed each other.

 Thanks for the fun visit!  It was so much fun to see you!  It was especially fun for Hoss, since it had already been one year since he has seen any of you!  We look forward to future visits to Idaho, and you visiting NM again!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Only In Roswell #1

I have been taking pictures at random of things that I find amusing here in Roswell.  It is mostly of cars though.  You wouldn't believe the cars, trucks, and vans that many will deck out by putting on "sweet rims."  So this will be the first of many pictures from my Only In Roswell series.

The Chaser: Notice the large wheels that pop out from the side.
I chased this guy down.  I saw it a ways ahead of me and decided to engage pursuit.  Little H was with me, and she was just excited about nabbing this picture.  We promptly showed it to Hoss, as we had been on the way to pick him up from work.

More to come!

Disclaimer:  If you for any reason disagree with my cynical view of wasting money on cars like this, then please, do not take this to heart.  It is merely my point of view and opinion.

PS  if you have any pictures of something you find "Only in Roswell" I'd love to post it!  So email me!


We have had 2 cameras for quite some time now.  Our older camera is was a Sony digital camera.  It wasn't the most awesome camera, but it did its job pretty well.  A few weeks ago, it got dropped on the tile.  I think I have mentioned this before.  The girls loved to take pictures with it.  We actually thought that we would graduate it to them when we bought a new one...after all, it was 6 years old.  Oh well.  The reason I tell you this is because I had to figure out how to get the pictures off of our newer digital/video camera.  It is a bit more intricate, and I have always been able to play ignorant when it comes to using it.  However, now that it is nearly my sole access to current pictures, I had to learn.  So without further ad due....

 Carving Pumpkins!

I have never been able to get Big T and Little H
to actually put there hands in... till this year!

Before we continue.  I might add, that I always try to get my girls to dress up like something else just as sweet as they are.  Both usually have different ideas.  Little H was supposed to be a mummy, but when it came time to find the bandages (which I swear I knew right where they were), they were no where to be found so we improvised!

 Trunk or Treating!

 Big T was dead set on being a vampire.  Spooky huh?!

 Little H was dead set on being a vampire Snow White.

Little H was Big T's first victim!


 Hoss took plenty of pictures!  The girls had so much fun at the trunk or treat.  Unfortunately, we failed to get pictures there.  There were tons of people there.  Cars filled the parking lot.  The kids weaved in and out of the isles of cars.  I have to say, it put the Idaho trunk or treats to shame.  Probably because every church building does it in Idaho.  But no matter where you are, it is sooo much fun!

My only regret from this Halloween?  No one seemed to hand out any Bit o' Honey candies!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

One of Those Days

Today has been one of those very emotional pregnant days.  I don't have any clue why... it just is.  Thus far, after 6 months and 1 week, I have not had the irrational desire to cry.... until today.  I just thought I would mention to you how I am feeling today.

On another note.  I have been looking through my old blog.  I think there are some real gems posted there, so I am planning to post them here and there, as I think they should be.  Here is the very last post I had.  It was shortly after we moved here to Roswell.  If you have read it and don't want to, then just pass on by.  I personally think it is pretty entertaining.  It brought a smile to my face this wonderfully emotional day.


Posted March 3, 2010

Today we went to a little town called Artesia. It is 40 minutes south (depending on how fast you drive) from Roswell. Hoss had a work meeting there this morning. Being spring break, the girls and I went with him. In Artesia, there are a lot of little monuments and sight seeing things to visit. The girls and I were spending some time in a little side alley on Main St. They have fun little fountains with little rivers and neat art work telling the history of the area.

Big T and Little H were having a good time jumping over the little rivers and splashing their hands in the water fountains. I warned them repeatedly that they needed to be careful so they would not fall into the water. But they said, "OKAY!!!!" and kept on playing. I turned my back on Big T to see what Little H was up to (she is the one prone to accident), and I heard a sound like someone was taking a huge breath in (imagine jumping into a really cold lake or something... you tend to inhale really fast and hard-that is what I heard). I turned around to see Big T climbing out of the water fountain. She had fallen in to the 1 1/2 foot deep water and managed to get completely drenched, head to toe. I couldn't help but laugh. It was a comical sight. She was not as thrilled with it, but it made for a very interesting morning!

The finale.
Big T's miserable picture of being soaked.
It was between 50-60 degrees.
Hey, she got a new outfit out of the deal!
Keep Checking!  I have some pictures of the girl's bedroom coming soon.  Our digital camera mysteriously was dropped on the tile floor.  Tile plus anything breakable equals anything breakable, broken.  So, the most recent pictures are on Hoss's cell phone.  As soon as I get those...... 

Christmas wish list:  A new digital camera for me!  (hint, hint--Hoss)

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Are you REALLY there?

Something happened to us today.  I am still quite speechless about it.  Let me give you a bit of background.

It just so happens that Hoss was paid two weeks ago for his final week at both of his previous jobs.  We knew that money would be tight, but we had no idea just how tight.  Hoss found out that he would not be getting paid from Leprino until November 12th.  His last day at UPS and the BSA was October 22, a there were a lot of bills and food items that needed to be paid for between that last bit of pay and his first paycheck.

We are here now, coming up on that payday.  We have been able to meet all of our obligations, as well as keep food on our table.  How did we do this?  We turned to prayer and were able to solve the problem.  With rent paid, and a few other major bills that would not wait as well, we were left with $10 to get some groceries for this week.  We had been praying that we would be able to spread our table and have sufficient for our needs, getting us through the week.

Due to prayer, we have been blessed in 2 ways since the beginning of Saturday the 8th.  The first was when we went to the store to get a few staples with the remainder of our money, we found that the cheese and bread was on sale.  I do not believe that this was a coincidence.  We had just enough for our little list of needs.  The only question was if it was enough to get us to Friday.  As we went to bed last night, we slept with a prayer in our hearts that the 'five loaves and 2 two fishes' would stretch.  We got up.  It was a wonderful Sabbath morning.  No one was running late, and we left our house with plenty of time to pick up a brother in the ward who needs a ride each week (we'll call him Brother D).  This man is a recent convert to the Church, and he cannot drive, hence why we pick him up each week.  As Hoss got out to open the door for Brother D. he went to shake Hoss's hand.  In it was a $20 bill.  He then said, "My sister told me to give this to you.  She said that God told her to give it to you to pay for gas."

After dropping Brother D off at his house, I asked Hoss what was said.  I was speechless.  And at that moment, the girls began to sing one of their primary songs.  Here are the first few phrases... it happens to be one of my very favorites from my time in primary:

"Heavenly Father, are you really there?
And do you hear and answer every child's prayer?
Some say that heaven is far away,
But I feel you close around me when I pray" (A Child's Prayer).

I have had many witnesses of the truth of this sweet song.  But I wanted to share this one experience.  It is important to know that Heavenly Father is there, and that He is listening to our prayers.  I don't know about anyone else, but I am so grateful to know that He is there.  This experience came out of no where.  We were blessed through the hands of someone else.  We would never consider asking Brother D. for gas money.  In fact, it had never even crossed our mind.  However, we are very grateful for him and his sister for listening to the promptings of the Holy Ghost.  Through him, our 'five loaves and two fishes' were multiplied (Mark 6: 36-44).

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Worst Enemy--A Sleepless Mind

Do you ever have one of those days, where something is bugging you, and you just can't figure out why?  It is one of those types that keeps you up all night.  You play out every possible scenario in hopes that you can conclude something.

Well, I had one of those days yesterday....and one of those nights last night.  To this minute (currently 5:45 am), I have been awake since 1:30 am.  Oh, I fell asleep all right, around 10pm.  Slept like a baby, until I dreamt about some weird ghost that woke me up.  I think it was this "issue" that woke me up...it wasn't done being thought about.

I woke up, and made my multinightly trip to the bathroom.  Got a drink, because my throat and mouth were so dry, then went back to bed.  My eyes didn't close.  I just laid there wide awake.  I would close them in hopes of some kind of sleep... even dozing off, not last night though.  I finally got up.  I pondered about my little problem even more, then turned to the only outlet that I have at 3 am.  Writing.  Yes, I tossed and turned for 1 1/2 hours.... so I wrote.  I wrote a long over-due blog post for Sora's Journey, and now I am writing this...possibly a bit mindlessly.  I just hope that my mind will slow down long enough for me to take a nap today.

Anyway, my ambitions are to fold clean laundry and get caught up on the rest of the dirty.  What are you ambitions today?

I think I might look like this come lunch time.


 And I think I looked like this to Hoss as he was getting ready for work.

 Keep Checking!!  (said with a bleary eyed grin)... anyone who knows me, knows that I get delirious and goofy when super tired.  Should be an interesting day.