This fall has been beautiful. We actually made it all the way through soccer season without snow, and usually wearing a jacket. Here are a few pictures of the kids at the park with their friends enjoying the leaves.
The only fast food restaurant that is very close to us is McDonalds. So if we go out to eat that is usually where we go. But yesterday we took a trip to the “big town” and decided to eat lunch at Arby’s. When I handed Michael a Jr. Roast Beef sandwich he looked at it funny then he said, “wow, this is a special burger.”
Maybe they need to get out a little more.
A star is a star, it doesn’t have to try to shine.
Water will fall. A bird just knows how to fly.
You don’t have to tell a flower how to bloom
or light how to fill up a room.
You already are what you are
and what you are is beautiful.
Last week we ran our 5k with the young women. It is sad to say but I had never run that far before. The route we chose was actually 3.6 miles, so slightly longer than a 5k, but I felt extremely accomplished afterward. Rachelle did a great job of summing up the whole experience. Go here to read about it.
I thought that the golf season was pretty much over, but we have actually had a really great fall so far. So yesterday I got out and played 9 holes with some of my golfing girlfriends for one last hoorah. I actually think that the one on the right looks a lot like my Aunt Terri. (Those of you who know her will have to tell me if you agree.)
My Frustration – Every day I write a list of what I need to get done. A “To Do” list if you will. Then I diligently go about my day. Inevitably I end my day with only about half of the list done. So the next day, I will write out my list and I find that I am rewriting almost the exact same list. Whether I got the Laundry done or not, it is still on the list. That letter that needs mailed just can’t seem to get off the list either. And I can’t help but feel like such a failure that I can’t even complete a little list in one day. I think to myself that if only I used my time more wisely then maybe I could get more done. So I beet myself up over it and become determined to do better only to find failure again the next day.
My Epiphany – The fact of the matter is that my list isn’t too big if that is all that I had to do in one day. But it isn’t. I am forgetting to write down on my list that I have to: Get Dressed, Make my Bed, say my prayers, read scriptures, make and clean up three meals, straighten up the house, referee the fighting, communicate with my husband, and help kids with homework. That is everyday stuff but most days also include such things as taking kids to soccer, visit teaching, Presidency meeting, classroom volunteering, PTO meeting or commitment, or a good ole trip to town for some grocery shopping. So really I don’t ever have a whole day to accomplish my “To Do” list. I probably have an hour or two on a good day. And where is the “time for myself” that too many women neglect? Therefore, maybe just maybe we moms expect too much out of ourselves. We say we are doing it all for our families, but we just burn ourselves out to the point where we are more honoree than loving, and too busy to just BE there with them.
The Result – Today I am going to put eat a piece of chocolate on my to do list, that way I can be guaranteed to get something done.
Has everyone seen the I’m a Mormon campaign? The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has released a series of commercials and Billboard ads about different Mormons. It has absolutely no correlation to Romney or Huntsman running for President. The goal behind the campaign is to educate people about Mormons. To show that we aren’t all that different and to banish common untruths about the LDS religion.
I Love It!
We were watching The Biggest Loser the other night and bam there it was a Mormon ad on prime time local television. They are really cool too. They are real stories about real people who all have one thing in common. They are Mormon. If you haven’t seen the commercials yet you need to go to Mormon.org and check them out. Sheryl is my favorite. This is her story.
Also, if you are a member of the church you can get on Mormon.org and create a profile about yourself so that people in your area know who is LDS and can then ask you questions about the church.
My name is Cher. I am a mom of 3. I’m an Idaho Girl. I love to golf. And I’m a Mormon.
When we are faced with a trial in our lives, we have one of two choices. We can either choose to draw closer to the savior or fall away a little. There is no in between. We are not always conscious about this decision, but we are choosing one or the other with how we react to the trial in front of us. I have learned that if we choose to draw closer to the Savior, his love will carry us through the toughest of times. Our individual trials make us up to who we are and if we choose to learn from them they can be our greatest blessings.
Yesterday Troy accompanied me to the grocery store for a little shopping. While we were there I looked over his shoulder and noticed someone I recognized. He waved at me and I waved back then I went back to shopping without a second thought. Troy turned around and didn’t recognize anyone; so he said, “who did you just wave at?” I paused, looked at him, and at that moment I wanted to lie. I wanted to think of someone really cool that I could say I would be waving at, like Karl Malone, or maybe someone important like the Bishop, or at least a friend I met at PTO. But instead I embarrassingly, truthfully, replied, “um, the meat guy.” If you know Troy, you can imagine the harassment that I received following that response.
So, You might be a mom if…
You walk into the grocery store and the meat manager waves at you.
When I was in high school, I was working toward receiving a young women’s medallion through a church program called personal progress. I never finished; therefore, I never got the medallion. I am now getting my second chance. I am serving in the church over the young women and have been given the opportunity to do the experiences and projects all over again. So I am giving it a go. There are 8 values and with in each value you are suppose to do 5 experiences and one 10 hour project. As I go I am going to blog about just the projects as I work on them. If anyone has a great idea for a project I would love to hear it.
I have started with the value Knowledge. My project is to follow along with the training for and running a 5K that my sister-in-law has put together, as well as eating a nutritious diet. The paved portion of our walking trail out here is 2.25miles ending with a steep hill. So I am just using that for training. As for the diet portion, I have a “go to” 2 week menu that I use now and again to lose some weight when I feel like things are getting out of hand. The meals are fairly low calorie with a good balance between Protein, Carbs, and Fiber. So I am trying to follow that. I have about 3 weeks left before the 5k so I will keep you posted.
Yesterday was the day of the big race!
The kids have been doing cross country. Yes that’s right they chose to sign up for a sport that doesn’t have any purpose but to run.
I think they are crazy, but what are you going to do.
So yesterday all of the elementary schools in the district got together for the big race that finishes off the season.
And well, they ran. They did great and had a lot of fun.
One of the reasons I like golf so much is because of how symbolic it is to life. When you’re playing a round of golf you won’t be very successful if your focus is on your 18 hole score, or your 9 hole score, or even the score for the hole you are on. You have to focus on one shot at a time. Focusing on shots you’ve already hit will cloud your judgment and focusing on the holes you haven’t reached yet will be distracting. The only thing you really have control over right now is the shot right in front of you. So give that shot your best effort. The same is true in life. The best way to live a successful life is truly living one day at a time. The past is gone and you can’t control the future. But you can focus on and choose to enjoy life right now. Today. One day at a time. And give today your best effort.
There are some great General Conference packets on the internet.
But I wanted one that was really simple and that included Bingo
because that was my favorite tradition while watching conference as a kid.
So I put together a small packet for my kids and wanted to share it with all of you.