Friday, September 19, 2008

Weekend Away

Last weekend I headed up to Logan with my mom and mother-in-law. For Mother's Day I bought all of us tickets to attend Time Out for Women, a conference that is hosted by Deseret Book. There were many amazing speakers and performers: James L. Ferrell, Jenny Oaks Baker, Kenneth Cope, Mary Ellen Edmunds, Merrilee Boyack, Sharon G. Larson, Camille Fronk Olson, and Amanda Dickson. The whole conference was based upon the theme: "A Joyful Life: great delight or happiness caused by a life that is exceptionally good or satisfying." It was an awesome conference and a fun weekend!

The highlight for me, however, was being able to meet my favorite LDS author of all time- Mary Ellen Edmunds. Here is a picture of her!

She was so sweet, caring, and insanely funny. She was greeting all the women and came up to my little group. She even gave me a hug! Her talk was incredible. It was about being a peacemaker and finding joy instead of being bogged down with guilt and contention. I reccomend reading anything she has written. Her personality spills onto the page. It was so great to actually meet her in person!

I definitely want to attend Time Out for Women again. They are hosting another conference in Ogden in the Spring and then in St. George in the Fall. It was a great experience!

Tagged... months ago.

It was June when Katie Brown tagged me. I told myself that it would be fun to post it when I got a camera. The day has finally come... Here is how the tag works- take pictures of the following things without straightening them up or prepping them in order to capture real life around your household. The point is to see how these things/items/people exist in real life.

1. The Fridge/Freezer

There isn't too much stuff in here and the food/milk that is in the fridge is pretty much "fat free." That is what happens when you get a "non functioning" gall bladder during pregnancy. I look forward to the days of eating real food again.

Here is the freezer. Is it really necessary to have 3 loaves of bread in there? No. It is not. Every time I go to the store I forget that I have PLENTY of bread. Oh well.
2. The Kitchen Sink
Chuck and I always do the dishes after we eat dinner, which makes my job during the day really easy. I empty the dishwasher and do the dishes out of boredom in the morning if there is any. That is what happens when you don't have a job and and your little guy hasn't shown up yet.
3. Your Laundry Pile
I am really good about doing the laundry, but not so good about folding it. This where you will see it most days. =)
4. The Toilet
Um, nothing special. Here it is!
5. A Closet
This is the "Harry Potter" Closet. It starts out as a coat closet and wraps around under the stairs and ends up opening as a little cupboard. It reminds me of Harry Potter and the little cupboard under the stairs he lived in at his aunt's house. In order for there to be a place for baby Hunter, we had to clean out the 2nd bedroom we had and move everything into this closet. Also, all of my teaching bins and supplies are in this closet. I am AMAZED that it all fits in there!
6. Favorite Room
This is the little corner in Hunter's room that is called "The Office." It is where my husband can work from home. I like to spend time here during the day working on my Photoshop class and spending time on the computer. I think it makes me feel like a teacher/student again.
7. Favorite Pair of Shoes
Personally, I don't like shoes. I hate shopping for them and I would prefer to be barefoot. I feel strongly about this because it is hard to find a cute pair of shoes that you like when your feet are as large as skis! (size 11-12) However, since I have to pick a pair it would be these lovely Chacco sandals that I have had since I was in high school. They rock and the still fit my feet which are beginning to swell.
8. Self-Portrait
I am going to cheat. This picture was actually taken yesterday when I was at my mom's house looking at her garden. I think you see a mutual theme here: "growth."
9. What your kids are doing
Hunter specialized in Karate. He practices many hours a day, especially when I am trying to sleep. If you don't believe me, you can watch my lovely belly from the outside and see for yourself. He will show off his talents for anyone who is willing to watch.
10. Vacation Spot
Ever since I took an Art History class one spring semester at BYU, I decided I wanted to go to France to see La Sainte Chapelle. I think the stained glass would be breathtaking.
I now tag Bethany Broderick, Lindsay Moore, Katie Lewis, and anyone else who would like to do this!

Hunter's Room

Poor Hunter. He has to share his room with Dad's office. At least he has some pretty cool things!

Here is his crib. There are little storage boxes underneath.

This is his crib blanket and bumper.

This is his little clothes hamper.

This is my chair I got on sale at RC Willey. It is soooooo soft!

Here is his dresser. It has to go in the closet becasue there is no room for it anywhere else.

Here is the changing table and other storage bins.

Those who know me know of my love for argyle... especially argyle socks. Here is my favorite outfit for when Hunter is 3-6 mos. old.

What?! A new post?!

Yes, my friends... I am back from my blogging hiatus. Why, you ask? I finally have a camera! It came in the mail yesterday and I am quite pleased with this new little item. For those of you interested, I bought a Canon Rebel XSI, which is a digital SLR camera. I love it!

I have kept pretty busy the last few weeks. I am taking an online Photoshop class through UVU and am really enjoying it! I am in the process of finishing a baby blanket with the help of my friend Katie Lewis. Here is the blanket so far. I just need a blue border around the edges and I will be finished!

I have also been reading a new book series called The Great and the Terrible by Chris Stewart. I am currently on the 3rd book and I am totally sucked in! I recommend these books to anyone who is interested in the battle of Satan vs. God's Children. The first book takes place in the pre-existence and the others on earth.

I also go to lots of doctors appointments, buy things for my baby boy, try to cook new recipes, hang out with my mom, go to a pre-natal class with my husband, sleep, and gain weight. That pretty much sums up my last few weeks. :)