Monday, November 24, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm just going to say that in honor of the holiday - and in honor of having my hard-working hubby home for the week - I'm going to take it off. I'm going to allow myself to be lazy and pig out for the week. I am determined though that I will keep my house clean and will continue to do my reading and such. I probably won't post for the week because I want to spend every minute I can with my hubby while he's here. Yea!!! Hooray for time off!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Word of the Day

gravid\GRAV-id\adj. 1: pregnant 2: distended with or full of eggs

Example Sentence: The film is about the world of mixed martial arts, a subject gravid with possibilities.

Did you know? "Gravid" comes from Latin "gravis," meaning "heavy." It can refer to a female who is literally pregnant, and it also has the figurative meanings of "pregnant": "full or teeming" and "meaningful." Thus, a writer may be gravid with ideas as she sits down to write; a cloud may be gravid with rain; or a speaker may make a gravid pause before announcing his remarkable findings.

3 Things

1. I am grateful that Greenlee was good today.

2. I'm thankful that my Dad was able to watch my boys for me tonight so I could go to Relief Society with my Mom.

3. I am grateful for the opportunity I've had to serve in the Relief Society. I've been in there since the December after I had Tyler so it'll be almost 4 years now. I served first as the Secretary and then they put me on the board and in charge of the craft group. It's been a lot of fun and I've really enjoyed getting to know the sisters in the ward.

Cleaning Day 33

I think I swept the kitchen/dining room floor about 3 times today. My house is still in pretty good condition after yesterday. I just kept it that way. Swept, swept, swept, picked up, and did laundry.

Exercise Day 47

Today I did Power 90 Sweat! Cardio 1-2 for 35 minutes, Ab Ripper 100 for 10 minutes, and Fat to Firm Fast for 22 minutes - I only got to do half of it because I had crazy ornery kids and then had to get them to school, and then had to go set up for Relief Society, then had to go..... Oh, you know how it goes.

Getting Going Day 13

I got up and wiped bums then got straight to exercising.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Going to Bed Day 13

Well it's going to be about 10:45 to 11 before I get to bed tonight. I'm a slacker.

Night Time Routine Day 1

I brushed my teeth and flossed but that was it. Nice start to my new goal...

Cleaning Day 32

Today I totally kicked butt. I cleaned up my entire main level plus did some laundry. I picked up, swept, cleaned the counter off, wiped it, vacuumed, cleaned the bathroom, dishes, and cleaned/wiped off the table. And I did all this with 4 little boys running wild and crazy all afternoon!

Word of the Day

deportment\dih-PORT-munt\n. 1: the manner in which one conducts oneself: behavior

Example Sentence: The school expects students to dress in proper attire and maintain a respectful level of deportment throughout the day.

Did you know? "Deportment" evolved from the verb "deport," meaning "to behave especially in accord with a code," which in turn came to us through Middle French from Latin "deportare," meaning "to carry away." (You also know "deport" as a verb meaning "to send out of the country"; that sense is newer and is derived directly from Latin "deportare.") "Deportment" can simply refer to one's demeanor, or it can refer to behavior formed by breeding or training and often conforming to conventional rules of propriety: "Are you not gratified that I am so rapidly gaining correct ideas of female propriety and sedate deportment?" wrote 17-year-old Emily Dickinson to her brother Austin.

Daily Affirmations

I love my house. I love my house. I will get my house clean, to show how much I love it. And to show my husband how much I love him. I have all the motivation I need deep down inside me to get my house clean and keep it that way. I will teach my children that having a nice clean house is wonderful and will help them to have the desire to help keep it clean. I will also teach my husband that the trash is not too much further than the counter and it saves me a lot of time if he can just do that himself! And if the trash is full - change it! I will do everything in my power to stay on top of my house daily. Keep to my routine. It isn't hard at all when I do it little by little. Step by step. One toy at a time! And if I wouldn't let it get so bad in the first place then it wouldn't make so much work for me. I'll actually be saving myself work by doing it all on a daily basis rather than letting it all go, suffering with a dirty house until I can't stand it any longer, then working my butt off to get it clean - only to let it go again. Easier to keep it clean. Maintain rather than start over. Sounds good to me!

3 Things

1. I am SO grateful that I'm feeling better (mostly) today and that I was able to exercise. It totally kicked my butt though. I guess that's what happens when you take a week and a half off and still can't breathe through your nose!

2. I am so in love with my husband. He's sexy!

3. I love that my boys have been playing so well together lately.

Exercise Day 46

Today I got back into it and did Denise Austin's Total Body Blast Bootcamp - 50 minutes. She does a great job in that video! I'll try to get some other stuff in today too.

Getting Going Day 12

I got up and folded laundry that has been sitting in a HUGE pile on my bedroom floor for - uh, I don't know... a month?! Then I got dressed and came down to exercise.

Slacker Bum

I am a totally naughty slacker bum! I stayed up late watching Dancing with the Stars, didn't read my scriptures, didn't start my new night time routine, didn't get to bed until about 11:45. My husband doesn't like DWTS so I have to watch it after he goes to bed - who can watch stuff like that during the day with the kids running all over being crazy and wanting to watch their stuff the second I even look at the TV with the intent to watch something of my own.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

New Goal

I'm going to start a night time routine:

Brush teeth
Wash face
Read scriptures
Say couple prayers (I hope!)
Say personal prayers

Cleaning Day 31

I did some dishes and tried to clear off my counter. I picked up and did some laundry. I'm hoping to sweep and vacuum before bed.

Scriptures with the Kids Day 9

I read 1 Nephi 11 to the boys tonight as we ate dinner. It's about Nephi praying and finding out about the vision of the tree of life.

Word of the Day

blithesome\BLYTHE-sum\adj. 1:gay, merry

Example Sentence: In The Gilded Age: A Tale of To-Day, Mark Twain's Laura, who had been struck by love, wondered why she had never before noticed "how blithesome the world was."

Did you know? "Blithesome" comes from "blithe," a word that has been a part of English since before the 12th century. "Blithe" can mean "casual" and "heedless" as well as "joyful" and "lighthearted," but "blithesome" obviously makes use of only the "joyful, lighthearted" sense. "Blithesome" didn't show up in print in English until 1724, and is now relatively uncommon, but you'll find it in the works of such authors as Charles Dickens, Sir Walter Scott, Mark Twain, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

3 Things

1. I am grateful that I'm starting to feel a lot better and more human every day. Maybe I'll get back to exercising tomorrow! I've really missed it.

2. I'm grateful that my parents could watch my boys this morning while I went to the dentist for my cleaning.

3. I am so very, very grateful that Mark called and apologized for being a grump this morning before he left for work. And he even had to call 3 times to do it! Thanks, honey!

Getting Going Day 11

I got right up and moving this morning. Straight into the laundry room to start some laundry going then I got in the shower. Wa-hoo! And it was only 8 am.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Going to Bed Day 13

I watched Dancing with the Stars (recorded) until about 10 and decided to *ack* turn it off and go to bed. Problem was that I'd decided that I needed to read my scriptures so I debated with myself for a minute and decided that reading my scriptures was more important than going to bed exactly at 10 so I stayed up. I compromised with myself though and only read one chapter. Anyway, I got to bed about 10:25.

Personal Scriptures Day 4

Today I read 1 Nephi 10. It talks about the coming of the destruction of the Jews and the coming of the Messiah.

Verse 4: talks about the coming of the Messiah 600 years from the time that Lehi leaves Jerusalem.

Verse 6: "Wherefore, all mankind were in a lost and in a fallen state, and ever would be save they should rely on this Redeemer." - I love that it says that ALL man will be lost without Him. We all need to turn to him and let him help us return to live with Him again.

Verses 7 & 8: Talks about John the Baptist preparing the way for Jesus. I find it interesting that John knew who Jesus was - even though they were cousins. He gave him the love and respect that Jesus deserves. I like that he says "for there standeth one among you whom ye know not; and he is mightier than I, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose."

Verses 17-19: I like to add my name in to the scriptures where ever applicable. In verse 17, about half way through, I like to read, "I, Gwen, was desirous also that I might see, and hear, and know of these things, by the power of the Holy Ghost, which is the gift of God unto all those who diligently seek him, as well in times of old as in the time that he should manifest himself unto the children of men.

18 For he is the same yesterday, to-day, and forever; and the way is prepared for all men from the foundation of the world, if it so be that they repent and come unto him.

19 For he that diligently seeketh shall find; and the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto them, by the power of the Holy Ghost, as well in these times as in times of old, and as well in times of old as in times to come; wherefore the course of the Lord is one eternal round."

I also like the footnote in verse 18 for a: Hebrews 13:8: "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever." Which supports what's said in the Book of Mormon. I also like the D&C 20:8-12: "And gave him power from on high, by the means which were before prepared, to translate the Book of Mormon;

9 Which contains a record of a fallen people, and the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles and to the Jews also;

10 Which was given by inspiration, and is confirmed to others by the ministering of angels, and is declared unto the world by them -

11 Proving to the world that the holy scriptures are true, and that God does inspire men and call them to his holy work in this age and generation, as well as in generations of old;

12 Thereby showing that he is the same God yesterday, today, and forever. Amen." I think that this is why the gospel makes so much sense to me. I have a hard time believing that God would have Prophets all the way back to Adam and not in these days when we're so close to the end and need it so much. I think it also shows that Joseph Smith was/is a true prophet and that the Book of Mormon is inspired and true. It doesn't make sense to me for ONLY the people from the European continent to have written scripture. Why would God do it then and not now?

Verse 20: "Therefore remember, O man, for all thy doings thou shalt be brought into judgment." This is just a good reminder that we are judged on ALL the things we do and so we need to try harder to be good and do the right things in our lives, as well as repent of those things we do that are wrong.

Verse 21: "Wherefore, if ye have sought to do wickedly in the days of your probation, then ye are found unclean before the judgment-seat of God; and no unclean thing can dwell with God; wherefore, ye must be cast off forever." This is just more into the repenting of our sins and it also takes me back to verse 6: "Wherefore, all mankind were in a lost and in a fallen state, and ever would be save they should rely on this Redeemer." A reminder that we can't do it without Him.

Cleaning Day 30

I picked up, did laundry, dishes, and vacuumed. I think I picked up the pillows and put them back on my couches about 5 times today.

Exercise Day 46

I walked one mile today to school and back.

I've walked 154 miles.


I did it! We did Family Home Evening tonight before I put the kids to bed. It was easy and went over even better than I expected. I have a cute little book that has 52 FHE ideas - one for every week of the year. And they're geared to young kids. Tonight we learned about the Word of Wisdom. The boys enjoyed learning that it's important to eat healthy to keep our bodies strong. It took less than 10 minutes (because we had to throw a potty break in there) and then we followed up with ice cream.

Word of the Day

prehension\pree-HEN-shun\n. 1: the act of taking hold, seizing, or grasping 2: mental understanding: comprehension 3: apprehension by the senses

Example Sentence: The new surgery claims to offer an increase in hand prehension and successful use of the hand after a nerve transplant.

Did you know? It's easy to grasp the origins of "prehension" - it descends from the Latin verb "prehendere," which means "to seize" or "to grasp." Other descendants of "prehendere" in English included "apprehend," "comprehend" ("to grasp the nature or significance of"), "prehensile" ("adapted for seizing or grasping"), "prison," "reprise," and "reprisal." Even the English word "get" comes to us from the same ancient root that led to the Latin "prehendere."

3 Things

1. I am grateful for modern day medicine. Sudafed is my friend.

2. I am so very grateful to my two boys that they let me sleep this morning. I had another rough night last night. Between Ethan being up all night and not being able to breathe I didn't get much sleep.

3. I am grateful for my parents and that they make us dinner every Sunday night.

Scriptures with the Kids Day 8

I read 1 Nephi 9 and 10 this morning with the boys. 9 talks about Nephi's reasons for having 2 plates and 10 talks about Lehi preaching about the coming of the Messiah.

Getting Going Day 10

Okay, so whatever sinus crap was festering last week has completely exploded in my face. I'm hurting pretty badly. So, I'm not going to exercise today, probably for the week if I had to guess. I think I'm going to make an appointment with the doctor for tomorrow.

Anyway, my boys were really good and let me sleep until about 9 and then I got up and we read our scriptures and ate breakfast. So, even though I feel like poop I'm up and going.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Word of the Day

circumspect\SER-kum-spekt\adj. 1: careful to consider all circumstances and possible consequences: prudent

Example Sentence: Indications are that school boards, uncertain of what voters will do, have been more circumspect in drafting budgets.

Did you know? "Circumspect," "cautious," "wary," and "chary" all imply looking before you leap, but each puts a unique spin on being careful in the face of risk or danger. "Circumspect," which descends from Latin "circum-" ("around") and "specere" ("to look"), implies the surveying of all possible consequences before acting or deciding (as in "he is circumspect in business dealings"). "Cautious" suggests fear of danger and the exercise of forethought that it prompts (as in "a cautious driver"). "Wary" emphasizes suspiciousness and alertness in sensing danger and cunning in escaping it (as in "keep a wary eye on the competition"). "Chary" implies a cautious reluctance to give, act, or speak freely (as in "she is chary of signing papers without reading them first").

3 Things

1. I am so grateful for sleep.

2. I am so grateful that Ethan slept all night long.

3. I love sleep!


I am going to just finish the week out with not working out to give my head some time to continue healing. Monday I expect to be right back to it.

Visiting Teaching

I went visiting teaching this morning to 2 of my 3 sisters. I actually have 2 partners and so I'll have to catch up with the other partner and get my last sister done. I am hoping to get it done because 66% is still failing.

Getting Going Day 9

I actually got up and moving this morning. Ethan slept through the night so I actually got some sleep and felt pretty good.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Home Made Bagels


2 tsp dry yeast
1 1/2 TBSP sugar
1 1/4 cups warm water
3 1/2 cups flour, plus extra for kneading
1 1/2 tsp salt

1) Sprinkle the yeast and sugar into 1/2 c of the water in a small bowl. Leave for 5 minutes; stir to dissolve. Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center of the flour and pour in the dissolved yeast.

2)pour about half of the remaining water into the well. Mix in the flour. Stir in the reserved water, as needed, to form a firm, moist dough.

3) Turn the dough out onto a well-floured work surface. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. As you knead the dough, gradually work in as much additional flour as you can comfortably knead - this dough should be very stiff and firm.

4) Put the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, turning the dough to coat, and cover with a dish towel. Let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour. Punch down, then let rest for 10 minutes.

*Hint* I put a bowl of water in the microwave for 3 minutes then take the water out and put the dough in the microwave and close the door to rise. It's nice and moist and warm.

5) cut the dough into eight equal pieces. Shape each piece into a ball. Form each ball into a ring by inserting a floured finger into the center of each one.

6) Work the finger in a circle to stretch and widen the hole. Then twirl the ring around your two index fingers until the hole is about 1/3 of the bagel's diameter.

7) Place the bagels on a lightly oiled baking sheet, then cover with a damp dish towel and let rest for 10 minutes.
8) Bring a large pan of water to a boil, then reduce the heat to allow the water to simmer. Use a perforated skimmer (I just used my spatula) to carefully lower the bagels into the water in batches of two to three at a time.

Boil each batch of 2-3 bagels, uncovered, until they rise to the surface, about 1 minute, turning them once. (Mine never sank) Remove the bagels from the water, using a perforated skimmer (or spatula!), and drain.

9) Transfer the drained bagels to a lightly oiled baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven at 425 degrees for 20 minutes (I thought this was too long and should have checked them at 15 minutes), until golden. Cool on a wire rack.

Ta-Da! Yipee!

And they are absolutely delicious. And yummy.

New Goal

I am going to add yet another new goal to my increasing list. I am going to get my visiting teaching done. All the years I've been a visiting teacher I've been a total slacker - at best. I just recently got some new visiting teachers and they didn't come for a while (they just came on Tuesday) and it made me realize how much I need my visiting teachers and how much I miss it when they don't come. Then it got me to thinking about how poorly I've done at visiting teaching and it gave me some determination to get going on mine. I am going to put it on my calendar to do my visiting teaching the second Friday of the month (my partner has Friday's off) and I'll also put it on the Tuesday before to call to make the appointments. I am also going to call the people I visit on the last Wednesday of the month. Hopefully they won't catch on to my system! *wink*wink*

Part of the reason that I've been such a slacker is that I normally don't think about it until the very end of the month and I don't want the people I visit to think I do my visiting teaching just so I count them. I don't want them to feel like a number. That's why I've decided to actually go see them as well as calling them at the end of the month. That way there's more connection than just the required visit. I know I can't really make up for all these years I've not gone but maybe I can catch up!

Daily Affirmations

I am so grateful for my body and its ability to heal itself. I love how fast it works at making me well again. It amazes me that it does it all by itself, it instinctively knows what to do. The human body is amazing and makes it very evident to me of our Heavenly Father's love for us and how truly magnificent he is. I am also grateful that Heavenly Father has blessed many many people with the knowledge to make us better. The dentist, the doctor, the people who made my wonderful medicine. I feel better and better every day.

3 Things

1. I am grateful for the time that I've been down. That my parents have been able to help me out. That Mark's been home (not from work - just not in Wyoming!). That the boys have tried so very hard to be good. That I didn't have Greenlee until today. That I got to rest a little bit.

2. I am grateful for my body's ability to heal itself. I'm still feeling pretty crappy - but a lot better than I was feeling.

3. I am grateful that Mark hasn't said ONE word about the condition of my house. It's pretty trashed, but I've been trying to get on top of it.

Word of the Day

battue\bat-TOO\n. 1: the beating of woods and bushes to flush game; also: a hunt in which this procedure is used.

Example Sentence: During the battue, rabbits scampered out of the bushes where they had been hiding and toward the open field.

Did you know? The battue is a technique practiced by hunters in order to give them a clean shot at their targets. The hunters' assistants (or sometimes the hunters themselves) rap sticks against trees and bushes in order to scare animals out of the woods and into open space. The practice appears to have originated in France, which is probably why the word "battue," which debuted in English in the early 19th century, derives from the feminine past participle of the French verb "battre," meaning "to beat." Although some hunting traditionalists decried the practice as either cruel or unsportsmanlike when it began, the battue survives today, as does the word for it.

Scriptures with the Kids Day 7

Well, after the break I got back into it today. I couldn't really think for the last - however long it was! I like to read to the kids while they're eating their breakfast. It somewhat keeps their mouths busy and they listen. Well, at least more than normal. Today I read 1 Nephi chapter 8 to them. It's Lehi's vision of the tree of life.

Back to it... or mostly

I'm getting back to it today. I'm still not feeling great and my head still hurts a lot but I am actually feeling somewhat normal today! Yipee! I'm not going to exercise because I think the bouncing around would just about kill me. And I really didn't get going this morning, I laid on the couch snuggling the kids and watching cartoons until about 9. But then I got up and started making bagels. They are surprisingly easy! I'll post the recipe in a bit.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Still Hurting

Sorry to slack even more but I'm taking today off too. I'm still hurting so badly. If I'm not better by tomorrow I'll go to the doctor.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


So, I had two cavities filled today but the Dr. said the real cause of the problem is my sinus' so I'll be taking today off too. I got some good meds and a lot of pain killer and I'll hop back to it tomorrow!

Monday, November 10, 2008


I have a sore tooth and was up 12 times in the night with my 2 year old. Needless to say, nothing happened today. I'm going to the dentist tomorrow and then maybe I'll get something done. Who knows, it may be Wednesday.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Okay, so...

I've totally been bummed since the election and have had no motivation to do any of this. I'll get back to it all on Monday.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Exercise Day 45

I did not walk today. I decided to just do an exercise video. I did "Island Girl Cardio Hula" for 30 minutes then "Tantric Toning" for 50 minutes.

I walked 1 mile to school and back to drop my kiddo off. Haven't decided if I'm walking back down or driving. It was pretty cold. Oh, and I carried 35 pounds of dead weight otherwise known as my 2 year old.

Word of the Day

foray\FOR-ay\n. 1: a sudden or irregular invasion or attack for war or spoils: raid. 2: a brief excursion or attempt especially outside one's accustomed sphere.

Example Sentence: The book marks the novelist's first foray into nonfiction.

Did you know? "Foray" comes from Middle English "forrayen" and probably traces back to an Anglo-French word that meant "raider" or "forager." It's related to the word "forage," which usually means "to wander in search of food or forage." A "foray," in its earliest sense, was a raid for plunder. Relatively recently, "foray" began to take on a broader meaning. In a sense, a "foray" is still a trip into a foreign territory. These days, though, looting and plundering needn't be involved in a "foray." When you take a "foray," you dabble in an area, occupation, or pastime that's new to you.

Getting Going Day 8

I am up but not going. My jaw is hurting pretty badly (I have TMJ) and I've got a massive headache.

Going to Bed Day 12

I actually went to bed by 10 last night. Didn't take me very long to fall asleep either!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Word of the Day

extricate\EK-struh-kayt\v. 1: to distinguish from a related thing. 2: to free or remove from an entanglement or difficulty.

Example Sentence: Joe looked for a way to extricate himself gracefully from the long and tedious conversation with his chatty colleague.

Did you know? It can take an ample amount of dexterity - manual, verbal, or mental - to free yourself from a tangled situation. This can be seen in "extricate," a word derived from Latin "extricatus," which combines the prefix "ex-" ("out of") with the noun "tricae," meaning "trifles or perplexities." (The resemblance of "tricae" to our word "trick" is no illusion; it's an ancestor.) While a number of words (such as "disentangle") share with "extricate" the meaning of "to free from difficulty," "extricate" suggests the act of doing so with care and ingenuity, as in "Through months of careful budgeting, he was able to extricate himself from his financial burdens."

Personal Scriptures Day 5

I didn't get my reading done.

Exercise Day 44

Today I walked on the treadmill 3.5 miles. I hate having a half mile on there! I did it in 51.15 minutes. The first mile I walked at 4 mph at a 1 incline. The second I kept it at 4 mph and moved it up to 2 incline. The third mile I kicked it up to 5 mph for a half mile then back down to 4 for the other half. The incline was at 1. The last half mile I jogged at a 5 for half of it (1/4 mile) then went down to a 4 for an eighth and 3.5 for an eighth. The incline was at 1.

I burned 479 calories and 149 fat calories. I also wore my good old belly belt (I had to dig it out! It's basically a belt made to make you sweat.) and I held my hand weights - 1 pound each.

After I walked I also did "Yoga for Urban Living" - the 30 minute AM session.

I also walked 1 mile down to the school to vote.

I've walked 152 miles.

3 Things

1. I am grateful for the great country that we live in. For our freedoms, our liberties and the ability to worship any way we choose.

2. I am grateful for the chance I had today to go vote. Every vote counts. I hope that the right guy is put in office. I will pray for whoever he is either way.

3. I am extremely grateful for the day I had today. Tyler was grounded from TV today so it was off all day. It was amazing the amount of peace that we had in our home. And our prayer this morning for no fighting and yelling made us all conscious of how we behaved and reacted to each other. We all tried really hard to be nice and kind. It was wonderful. Maybe I'll ground Tyler from TV more often! Actually I'll probably start on my goal to turn the TV off at 9 am.

Scriptures with the Kids Day 6

Well, because I didn't get to bed until 12:30 last night, and because I have been up since 4 between the two kids, I'm tired. And ornery. So... I decided that we needed to have a prayer and ask for peace in our home. Specifically, no fighting (them) and no yelling (me). So I had Tyler say the prayer and then I read to them 1 Nephi chapter 7. It's the one where Nephi's brothers tie him up.


Well, I've sucked the last little bit at my cleaning. I'm going to try to get to it today though.


Well, turns out I did a pretty darn good job of exercising yesterday because I'm SORE. All over. Muscles I didn't know still existed. Muscles I've already been working on. All of them. Sore. And while you'd think I'd give myself the day off because I'm so sore, I'm not. I always feel better and come out of the sore-ness sooner when I get my body moving and work through the pain! It helps to move that lactic acid out of the muscles. So what if I can barely walk straight. I'm going to walk 3 miles! I may even do 3 and a half!

Getting Going Day 7

Well, today I got up and fixed the kids and myself breakfast (yummy raspberry waffles) and then promptly sat down at the computer and I've been here since. I'm going to get up in a minute and get going. I'll be headed down to exercise.


Just a reminder to go VOTE. Do it. You know you want to.

Going to Bed Day 11

Well, I'm getting to bed WAY late tonight. Stinking addictions. I had to watch Dancing with the Stars before I could get to bed. And my little one was up for a while so I had to take time out for that.

Personal Scriptures Day 4

I didn't get my reading done. I was up too late.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Exercise Day 43

Okay, so I finished my 100 miles today. Plus one for being such a slacker. I've decided that for my next 21 days of exercise I'm going to walk 2-4 miles every day and then on Monday-Wednesday-Friday I'll do an exercise video and on Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday I'll lift weights. I'm going to try to not do more than 4 miles.

Anyway, today I did 3 miles in 44.40 minutes. I did 3.5 to 5 the whole 3 miles and kept it at a 1 incline. I went back and forth every 1/8 mile. I burned 333 calories and 104 fat calories.

101 miles down!

I also did "Fat to Firm Fast" for 44 minutes. It's a pretty good exercise video put out by Prevention magazine. Then I followed it up with Super Stomachs for 24 minutes. This is a video that I got at the Dollar Store. The quality isn't great and they're done by Australians (nothing against them) so they have a cute accent, but they get the job done.

I walked 2 miles dropping off/picking up from school.

I also figured that I've walked 44.5 miles to and from school (without today). So, I'm going to add these in to my miles and just keep track of them all total from now on. So that makes my total miles 147.5. Not too bad for about 2 months.

Scriptures with the Kids Day 5

I almost missed reading with the kids but then I remembered and read to them individually before they went to bed. I just read to them out of the picture Book of Mormon book.

Ethan picked King Benjamin.

Tyler picked The Murder of the Chief Judge and then wanted another so he picked The Jaredites Leave Babel.


Well, wouldn't you know it? I missed my very first day doing FHE. What a bummer. Maybe I'll shoot for tomorrow night.

Word of the Day

veld\VELT\n. 1: a grassland especially of southern Africa usually with scattered shrubs or trees.

Example Sentence: "Less than 200 years ago, thousands upon thousands of quaggas roamed the grassy veld of southern Africa."

Did you know? "Veld: (also spelled "veldt") comes from Afrikaans, the language of the Afrikaners, the descendants of the Dutch and Huguenot people who settled in southern Africa in the 17th century. Literally, "veld" means "field," and is akin to "feld," the Old English predecessor of "field." English speakers adopted the Africa-specific sense of "veld" in the 19th century. "Veld" refers to open country in southern Africa. Different regions of "veld" are distinguished by their elevations. There is the Highveld, the Lowveld, and the Middle Veld, each with different geographical characteristics. Another term associated with "veld" is "kopje" (or "koppie" - both are pronounced KAH-pee). This word came to English from Afrikaans (and ultimately from a Dutch word meaning "small head" or "cup") and refers to a small hill, particularly one on the African veld.

My use: I would love to go see the African velds on a safari adventure.

3 Things

1. I am grateful for my wonderful family. I love my husband and boys so much and am very lucky to have them.

2. I love my heater. It's starting to get cold and it's nice to know that I can stay warm and cozy in my house.

3. I am so grateful that I may be getting 2 more recruits for lia sophia. I'm looking to promote to unit manager by January. Hopefully they'll be really good and I can make that goal.

Getting Going Day 6

I got up and started some laundry then changed to go exercise.

Personal Scriptures Day 3

Last night I read 1 Nephi 8 & 9. We're learning about the vision of the Tree of Life.

Chapter 8 verse 8: "And after I had traveled for the space of many hours in darkness, I began to pray unto the Lord that he would have mercy on me, according to the multitude of his tender mercies." I feel like I've been wandering in darkness and now it's time to ask the Lord to have mercy on me and find my way out of the darkness and back to the iron rod. And it's not that I do anything BAD, just not doing all the GOOD things that I should be doing. And looking back I can see the loss of the spirit in the last few years.

3 Types of People: Chapter 8 verse 22 talks about those who commence in the path and then lose their way. Verse 24 talks about those who caught hold and cling to the rod only to become ashamed and fall away. Verse 30 is what I want to be, continually holding fast and fell down and partook of the fruit. They heeded not the people in the great and spacious building.

I've come to realize that I don't need an outside influence in my life. I have all I need in me and from Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. If people like me - GREAT! If not? Oh, well. Their loss. I used to be so afraid of looking like a dork in public, most of my high school life was spent walking carefully so I wouldn't do something dumb. Now I don't really care what I look like. And don't get me wrong, I don't do things on purpose to look like an idiot and I always shower and dress nice - I just don't care if someone catches me singing nonsense to my kids in the middle of the grocery store!

Chapter 8 verse 27: "And it was filled with people, both old and young, both male and female; and their manner of dress was exceedingly fine; and they were in the attitude of mocking and pointing their fingers towards those who had come at and were partaking of the fruit." Sometimes I wonder how many times we try to bring the great and spacious building to church with us. We want the latest and greatest trends, toys and things, the biggest houses, the nicest boat, the funnest toys. I think that it is okay to have fun things and enjoy them but when they get in the way of going to church, paying your tithing or even providing things for your family that are necessary' it's too much. And with the way some people dress you'd think you were at the runways in New York City. It's a little embarrassing when you see women, who you know wear garments, wearing things that would not cover their garments appropriately so you know they're tucking or not wearing them. I'm not judging, I'm just saying that if you've taken those sacred covenants on yourself' don't dishonor the covenants, the Savior and yourself by wearing them inappropriately. Okay, I'll probably get in trouble for that one.

Chapter 8 verse 34: "These are the words of my father: For as many as heeded them, had fallen away." We really need to watch what we're doing and not become one of those who fall away. Out of shame, because it's not what your family does, because it's too hard, because offense was taken - it's not worth our eternal salvation.

Chapter 8 verse 37: "And he did exhort them then with all the feeling of a tender parent, that they would hearken to his words, that perhaps the Lord would be merciful to them, and not cast them off; yea, my father did preach unto them." Lehi so wanted all of his family to partake of the fruit. Similarly we have a Heavenly Father that wants so badly for all of us to partake. I can't imagine how heart wrenching it must be for Him to watch so many of his children behaving so poorly.

Chapter 9 verse 5: "Wherefore, the Lord hath commanded me to make these plates for a wise purpose in him, which purpose I know not." The small plates are the plates of Nephi and the large plates are the plates of Lehi. The large plates were lost - the lost manuscript. It's nice to know that Heavenly Father knows what's going to happen and kind of has a back up plan in place for us, just in case.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Going to Bed Day 10

It's 10:15 and I'm headed up to bed. I'm going to read before bed so it'll probably be between 10:30 and 10:45 before I get to sleep. And I was ready for bed at about 7:30. Plus with the time change it's really like 11:15 now and I'm sure I'll be up in the night and that the boys will be up between 5 and 6 instead of between 6 and 7. Oh, why do I torture myself like this??

Personal Scriptures Day 2

Saturday night I read 1 Nephi 4-7. This is what I liked about it.

Chapter 4 verse 3: "Ye know that an angel hath spoken unto you; wherefore can ye doubt?" I think this is kind of funny, in a way, because it's like Nephi's saying "Hey dummies, you just saw an ANGEL. What the heck are you thinking murmuring? Also, it makes me think - to what extent do we need to go in our lives to get past the murmuring and pay attention?

Chapter 4 verse 6: "And I was led by the Spirit, not knowing beforehand the things which I should do." I think I need to take this on as sort of a motto. I need to just do what the Lord tells me to do and trust in Him and not think so much about the details. He'll take care of me!

Chapter 4 verse 10: "And it came to pass that I was constrained by the Spirit that I should kill Laban: but I said in my heart: Never at any time have I shed the blood of man. And I shrunk and would that I might not slay him." I really like that Nephi didn't want to kill Laban. He questioned it. I'm sure that if he could have done it any other way he would have. I can only imagine if he hadn't. I'm sure that Laban would have sent his guards after their family and maybe slaughtered them all. Then where would we be?

Chapter 4 verse 13: "Behold the Lord slayeth the wicked to bring forth his righteous purposes. It is better that one man should perish than that a nation should dwindle and perish in unbelief." I love Heavenly Father's response to Nephi's questioning. I think that sometimes people get in the way of righteousness and they need to be removed, not only to further the work but to prevent their own further damnation.

Chapter 4 verse 32: I just thought I'd mention that when it says "as the Lord liveth" it was a way that they made a VERY strong promise or covenant in those days.

Chapter 5 verses 2-8: You'll have to go read it. Being a mother now I can really feel for Sariah and the feelings and doubts she must have been feeling. How worried she was. Doubt for why they were doing what they were doing. I feel that this is the Lord's personal little trial for Sariah so that she will learn that her husband is a man of God and she would believe everything he said and know it was from Him. I don't think she doubts after that.

Chapter 5 verse 14: This verse is important because it tells what their lineage is. They come from Joseph. And if you go to Alma 10: 3 it also says that they're from Manasseh.

Chapter 5 verse 18: "That these plates of brass should go forth unto all nations, kindred, tongues, and people who were of his seed." Mentions the missionary work that we all need to be doing to further spreading the word.

Chapter 5 verse 21: I like that this verse says that the scriptures are of great worth. Especially for preserving them unto their children. I think it's so very important to teach our children from when they are young about Jesus, Heavenly Father and the church. I love this church and want to pass that on to my kids.

Chapter 6 verse 4: "For the fulness of mine intent is that I may persuade men to come unto the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, and be saved." Nephi really cares so much about his calling in life - to keep record, to teach, to prophesy. All for us. I've heard it said many times that they didn't mass produce the gold plates. They are meant for us.

Chapter 6 verses 5 & 6: I really want to be one of those people, "not of the world." I love the scriptures and have allowed myself to be lazy in my scripture reading, activity in the church and even in my testimony. I need to work harder to not just maintain but grow.

Chapter 7 tells about them going to get Ishmael and his family. It wasn't good for Lehi's family to go alone. They needed wives to continue the population in the new world.

Chapter 7 verse 16: This is the first time that Nephi's brothers tie him up. Boy, they'll sure have it coming to them in the next life!

Chapter 7 verse 17: When Nephi prays it is specific. "O Lord, according to my faith which is in thee, wilt thou deliver me from the hands of my brethren;" Now he could have stopped there but he goes on " yea, even give me strength that I may burst these bands with which I am bound."

Chapter 7 verse 18: This is the third time that Laman and Lemuel are shown the power of the Lord. You'd think they'd get it.

Chapter 7 verse 21: "And it came to pass that I did frankly forgive them ll that they had done, and I did exhort them that they would pry unto the Lord their God for forgiveness." The Lord has asked us to "frankly forgive" everyone who hurts or offends us. Whether intentional or unintentional. D&C 64:10 goes along with this verse perfectly.

Scriptures with the Kids Day 4

So the kids weren't so willing today but we did it. I bribed them with Halloween candy! We read 1 Nephi 5 & 6. I do have to say that I think it helped the day go well. We went to two different sacrament meetings and they were pretty good for both of them.


Well, I did it. It was hard but I did it. It has seriously been forever. And I haven't had an excuse not to for about a year and a half. I'm such a slacker. I'll stick to it now, I hope.

Word of the Day

gauche\GOHSH\adj. 1: lacking social experience or grace; also: not tactful: crude. 2: crudely made or done.

Example Sentence: "I can't believe she'd be so gauche as to ask you how much money you earn," Courtney huffed.

Did you know? "Gauche" is one of several words that come from old suspicions or negative associations surrounding the left side and use of the left hand. In French, "gauche" literally means "left," and it has the extended meanings "awkward" and "clumsy." Presumably these meanings came about because left-handed people could appear awkward trying to manage in a right-handed world - or perhaps because right-handed people appear awkward when they try to use their left hand. In fact, "awkward" itself comes from the Middle English "awke," meaning "turned the wrong way" or "left-handed." On the other hand, "adroit" and "dexterity" have their roots in words meaning "right" or "on the right side."

Saturday, November 1, 2008

New Goal

I am going to start fasting again tomorrow. I haven't fasted since I got pregnant with Tyler - almost 5 years now. It'll be hard to do but I can do it. I am going to fast about the upcoming election. It is a very important decision that needs to be taken very seriously and I hope that we get the right guy. In my mind there is only one right choice. One choice that will not bring our country down. One choice that will keep this country afloat. One morally right choice. I will be fasting and praying that America makes the right choice and that we can make it through this election. And that, whatever the outcome, we can live with what happens.

Scriptures with the Kids Day 3

Today I read 1 Nephi chapter 3. I was so excited because about half way through it Tyler stopped me and said, "Mom? I love this!" And then when I finished chapter 3 he asked for another chapter. So I read chapter 4. Of course they loved this chapter because it's the one where Nephi kills Laban.

Exercise Day 42

Well, I just couldn't quite make it to 8. I was so pooped after 6. :(

I did 6 miles in 94.02 minutes. The first mile I started at 3 then went to 3.5 after 1/8 mile. Then I kept it at 3.5 and went up to 6 incline and worked my way down every 1/8 mile. The second mile I went back and forth from 5 to 3.5 every 1/4 mile. The incline was at a 1. The third and fourth miles I walked at a 4 mph and put the incline up from one to four and back down to one every 1/4 mile. The fifth mile I went from 3.5 to 5 mph every 1/8 mile at a 1 incline. The last mile I walked at 3.5 and went from 1 to 4 incline and back to 1 every 1/4 mile.

I burned 732 calories and 228 fat calories.

6 miles down -2 miles to go.

I am going to finish on Monday. After I get my 100 miles I am going to figure out my non-treadmill miles I've walked the last month and a half and add them in. Then I'm going to keep track of my total miles walked. I'll probably go down to walking between 2 and 4 miles a day and maybe throw in an exercise video.

Daily Affirmations

I am grateful for my job. I love working lia sophia. The parties are wonderful and I love meeting all these new people. It seems like parties just fall into my lap. People want to book parties because of all the awesome benefits they get - and the jewelry is awesome! I am watching my calender fill up and have a wealth of parties to do. I love it! My hostesses are great to work with and it seems like they are all willing to do what is necessary to have good parties. The guests are great and I love all my returning customers. I love trying to get to new levels of challenging myself. Meeting new people and making new friends is just a perk of the business. And earning free jewelry, well, that's just icing on the cake!

3 Things

1. I love lia sophia. I had a party tonight and it went really well. I have so much fun!

2. I love my two cute boys. Today they were so sweet. After I picked them up from the party they kept taking turns saying that I'm "gorgeous" and "beautiful". They're so stinking fun!

3. I am grateful that Mark is on his way home tonight. I hope that he gets home safely.

Word of the Day

parry\PAIR-ee\v. 1: to ward off a weapon or blow. 2: to evade especially by an adroit answer.

Example Sentence: The senator effectively parried all Beverly's questions about his dubious financial affairs.

Did you know? "Parry" (which is used in fencing, among other applications) probably comes from "parez," a form of the French verb "parer," meaning "to guard or ward off." Its history can be compared with that of two other English words: "parapet" and "parasol." Those two terms go back to an Italian word ("parare") that means "to shield or guard." (A parapet shields soldiers and a parasol wards off the sun.) All three - "parry," "parapet," and "parasol" - can ultimately be traced to the Latin "parare," meaning "to prepare." And they're not alone. Other descendants of the Latin term include "apparatus," "disparate," "emperor," and even "prepare."

With Mark for a husband, I've learned to be quite good at parrying his verbiage.

Getting Going Day 5

I still haven't gotten going! I've been up for about 2 hours now. I am going to go get my exercising done right now though.

Going to Bed Day 10

I was so exhausted after trick or treating. We walked all over the place. And I ended up carrying Ethan for the last part of it. I swear I walked 12 miles! Anyway, I went to bed at about 10:15 after I'd gotten the kids to bed, cleaned up the mess from Halloween, put the candy away and started some laundry.

Cleaning Day 29

I did dishes, cleaned the kitchen, wiped off the table, picked up, cleaned off the stairs and vacuumed. I had my family coming over for Halloween.