Michael gave me a gift certificate to Deseret Book for Mother's Day. When I was browsing at the store to spend my coupon I came upon a Vera Bradley notepad mouse pad that caught my eye. I thought it would be pretty and functional on my computer desk because I often just need to jot something down and look for a scrap of paper.
The pattern is called "Hope Garden" and I just love the bright and pretty colors. That got me to the Vera Bradley website and so I did little online shopping for some useful and pretty things in my new favorite pattern. I got some file folders for my desk and a journal and a cosmetic bag for my purse that is the perfect size.
Plus, I like this pattern so much I took a picture of it and made it the background for my phone.
Monday, May 31, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Friday night Rich and I headed over to Springville to put flowers on his parents' graves.
Then Saturday Rich left early (as Michael was getting home from the senior all-nighter) and decorated the graves in American Fork and Salt Lake City. Then he picked up Brian to help with the graves in Delta, Silver City and Eureka.
We also stopped by our nephew Cole's grave in Orem.
and Myla Jae has joined the Grandchild Wall:
(Yes, I know her name came out bigger than the others, I thought I measured, but apparently incorrectly. I'll change them all next time I change the wall)
We have six children, three boys and three girls
We have six grandchildren, three boys and three girls
The order of our children: girl, girl, boy, boy, girl, boy
The order of our grandchildren: boy, boy, girl, girl, boy, girl
Friday, May 28, 2010
Sunday: Seminary Graduation
Tuesday: Completed final requirements for Duty to God Award and
Received the Melchizedek Priesthood and Ordained an Elder
Friday: Graduated from High School
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
I don't think that trees were meant to withstand snow once they have leaves on them:
Sunday, May 23, 2010
We are proud of him for this great accomplishment.
(Why do his parents look so old?)
Since being bishop Rich has always taken a picture of the graduates in by the bishop's office. This year we just had five boys:
Saturday, May 22, 2010
I decided I could save $50 by learning to groom Annie myself. I checked some online instructions and then I did it:
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Finally a name for your condition, synesthesia.
Imagine consistently associating numbers or letters with certain colours, or hearing a specific word which triggers a particular sensation of taste on your tongue. These are two forms of a neurological condition called synesthesia. Synesthesia is when stimulation of a particular sensory or cognitive pathway leads to an involuntary (i.e. synesthesia is not learnt) response in other sensory or cognitive pathways.
Synesthesia is most often genetic and the grapheme (letters, numbers, or other symbols) to colour form of synesthesia is the commonest. Other synesthetes can experience special-sequence synesthesia (e.g. where dates have a precise location in space), ordinal linguistic personification (when numbers have personalities), or sound to colour synesthesia (where tones are perceived as colours).
Although synesthesia is a neurological condition it shouldn’t be thought of as a disorder, because generally it does not interfere with a person’s ability to function. Most people are not even aware that their experiences of life elicit more sensory responses than other peoples might and the ones that are rarely consider synesthesia to have a negative impact on their lives.
Predictions of the percentage of people with synesthesia vary widely, from 1 in 20 to 1 in 20,000. Studies from 2005 and 2006, using a random population sample, suggested 1 in about 23 people have synesthesia. Examples of people with synesthesia include the author Vladimir Nabokov, composer Olivier Messiaen, and scientist Richard Feynman. Daniel Tammet, who is mentioned in the next section of this list, is a synesthete (in addition to being a mental calculator) who sees numbers with shapes and texture.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
I was able to go to most of BYU Women's conference this year and I wanted to record and share some of the things I learned.
From Sister Julie Beck:
~ Taking care of our posterity takes precedence over all things. (In a freudian slip, I wrote in my notes "prosperity" instead of "posterity":)
~The most important skill we can learn, the ultimate education is the power to know and do God's will.
~ When our priorities are out of order we lose power. We need to use the following categories for prioritizing keeping in mind that the most important thing is salvation in God's kingdom:
1. ESSENTIAL: scriptures, personal prayer, (take a paper and pencil to prayer and ask: who do I need to help?) pondering, keeping covenants, being worthy and ready to receive revelation.
2. NECESSARY: taking care of home and family, creating a climate for the Spirit in our home. The temple is our model, we need to do the mundane tasks to keep a house of order. We need to cook meals - a place to teach and gather. We need to SMILE, teach our children, support our husband.
3. NICE TO DO: crafts, lunch with friends, reading. These add variety and make life fun, but they won't SAVE us.
She talked about how her father-in-law worked shift work and she felt as a mother she was working all the shifts. We need to save our energy, when we are at the top of our game, for the most important shift of our particular stage. For mothers of teenagers it will probably be the "swing shift" 4 pm - midnight. For young mothers it may be the day shift. For mothers of newborns it's definitely the graveyard shift!
As a side note: In our stake conference Saturday meeting our stake president suggested that we need to know how to use the internet, texting, social networking, etc. because it is how people communicate now, but use it appropriately with rules. Rules such as: know where your children have a presence online; if you wouldn't say it in person, don't type it; respect appropriate boundaries between youth and adults; don't embarrass your spouse; and remember: there is no app for parenting!
From Elder Oaks:
~ Service in the family requires sacrifice, we must learn to balance personal needs with the needs of family members.
~Family success if based on righteous self-denial. We must dedicate our efforts to rearing the next generation.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Michael has been working at the Fanzz store in the mall since December. It's been a big part of his life during his senior year. I'm proud of him for being a good worker. He rarely complains about working and takes pride in his work. Sometimes he has to work alone on a weeknight so Rich and I will take him dinner and visit. It's been a fun part of Michael's senior year.
The day before Mother's Day Rich and I went over to Springville to take flowers to Nanna's grave. I found the pinwheel about a month ago and since Nanna always loved them I just had to get one for her grave.
The Hammer family gave me this great blue and white plate. It was so fun to hear about how Ayden saw it and said they "must get it for Nana because it's blue and white - her favorite!"
I had a lovely day with other gifts from my kiddies: a Deseret Book giftcard from Michael, (which I used today) a great book of devotionals from "time out for women" from Jenny and Trevor, Todd and Michelle gave me a cricut cartridge, Brian a beautiful card and Laura a lovely email. I'm grateful that I also got to spend time with my own Mom and we had a yummy family dinner - my favorite: Cafe Rio bar. (I did make it myself, but it was yummy nonetheless)
Also, even though I'm not his mother, Rich gave me a periwinkle (my signature color) denim jacket and my favorite candle: Aloha Orchid from Anthropologie. And he even made the trip with me to the Gateway to get the gifts!
Thursday, May 13, 2010
I was complaining last month at book club that I've kind of had to force myself to read the most recent books. They were good books and I learned a lot. But I missed just being drawn into a book that I couldn't put down. Well, in the last week I've read these three books and been completely consumed. It's always a delicious treat to be sucked into a story, and yet frustrating because there's some guilt for ignoring every other thing and person in your life.