Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Home Sweet Friends.............

These are my friends and mates from the good ole days. We three all went to school together back in the 70's. Stop guessing what year! We are old!
Donna and Lance rolled into Zion for a week and we spent the evening eating pizza and reminiscing about what we had all been up to for the past 30 years. Nothing like talking with your mouth full!! We had alot to say believe me.
Donna and I were cheerleaders together in High School and also "walked beans" some of you don't even know what that is.
Quoting Donna............"Now How Iowa Is That"?????????????????
It was wonderful seeing you both and I loved catching up on all the hometown news!

Sweet Layni Brooke

Aubrey..........This photo of Layni is so sweet and so adorable! Your photos are amazing!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Trip Teaser

Oh My Gosh! My trip to D.C. and Georgetown was amazing! Mother and I had a super great vacation. This photo was taken at Oak Hill Cemetery in Georgetown where we spent a good two hours. At times the terrain was treacherous, steep, slippery and on a hillside. But those of you who know of my passion for "the ultimate gravestone photo"........know that I am sometimes not thinking clearly and take some goofy chances!

It will take me several days to get up all my photos.......I took over 350! Holy Cow!!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Blessings.....I Have A World Full Of Them

Count your blessings instead of your crosses;
Count your gains instead of your losses.

Count your joys instead of your woes;
Count your friends instead of your foes.

Count your smiles instead of your tears;
Count your courage instead of your fears.

Count your full years instead of your lean;
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.

Count your health instead of your wealth;
Love your neighbor as much as yourself.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A Super Harvest Full Moon Tonite

A Super Harvest Moon Will Be Visible For the First Time in Almost 20 Years on September 22 2010.

The harvest moon is the moon at or about the period of fullness that is nearest to the autumnal equinox. The harvest moon is often mistaken for the modern day hunter's moon.

NASA has released information about the Super Harvest Moon that will be visible on Wednesday night because northern autumn is beginning on the night of a full moon.

Starting at sunset, those in the northern hemisphere will be able to see the full Harvest Moon rising in the east as the sun sets in the west and the two bright lights mixing together will create the Super Harvest Moon.

As the night goes on... the vibrancy of the moon will only get brighter. The autumnal equinox occurs at 11:09pm EDT on Wednesday and is the moment when summer changes to fall. The Harvest Moon can be seen with the planet Jupiter in the sky.

American Idol Judges Announced

Reality TV..............seriously when did it all get so crazy?

and..................why do I watch some of it?

Yes, I am admitting that I do love American Idol but the past couple of seasons I really didn't care for it and didn't watch it 100%. But I am loving the new judges and who doesn't love J-Lo and Steven Tyler from Aerosmith? I have been humming the Aerosmith tune "I go crazy" all day long in my head.

I know there are alot of other things that I could focus my time on but in my busy, chaotic world I sometimes need an hour here and there with just some "mindless mush".

OK, so.........If you were to look up the definition of Reality TV in this "zion girls" dictionary the definition would most definitely be "mindless mush". I like that!

It's Official......Today Marks The Calendar Arrival

First Day of Fall

Pumpkins in the cornfields
Gold among the brown
Leaves of rust and scarlet
Trembling slowly down
Birds that travel southward
Lovely time to play
Nothing is as pleasant
As an autumn day!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tudor Place in Georgetown

This will be our first stop on Sunday.................I am so excited. We loved visiting Mount Vernon and loved walking the grounds and hearing of the history. I like to close my eyes and see if I can place myself back in that time period and feel a little of what it must have been like then. I know............that's silly! But ............I'm a silly girl!

Tudor Place was built by Martha Washington's granddaughter, Martha Custis Peter, and her husband, Thomas Peter, son of a successful Scottish tobacco merchant. In 1805, Thomas Peter purchased the land comprising a city lot in Georgetown Heights with an $8,000 legacy from Martha Custis Peter's step-grandfather, George Washington. The Peters asked Dr. William Thornton, architect of the U.S. Capitol, to design the stately neoclassical house with its circular domed portico and expansive gardens. Completed in 1816, Tudor Place remained under the ownership of six succeeding generations of the Peter family until 1983.

The Peter family witnessed the birth and growth of the capital, playing active roles in government, business and society. The family entertained the Marquis de Lafayette, Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, John C. Calhoun and others who shaped America's history.

The story of those who worked at the estate and served the family as slaves and free servants present a fuller picture of life at Tudor Place. From the forced immigration of slaves to the free immigration of English and Irish in the late 19th century, Tudor Place presents a unique window into the lives of those who served and how their lives were shaped by major events.

Following the death of its last owner, Armistead Peter 3rd, the historic site opened to the public in 1988 under the stewardship of the Tudor Place Foundation. Tudor Place brings to life the cultural and social history of over 180 years of the Peter family.

Georgetown Cupcake

If you watch the food network at all.........then you are familiar with this show.
Mom and I will be in Georgetown on Saturday and I plan for us to eat a bunch of these world famous treats!!!

Meet Katherine and Sophie

Georgetown Cupcake was founded by sisters Katherine Kallinis and Sophie LaMontagne. Katherine and Sophie traded careers in fashion and private equity to pursue something a little sweeter — their passion for artful cupcakes. Both lifelong bakers, inspired by their grandmothers, Katherine and Sophie opened Georgetown Cupcake in February 2008 as DC’s first and only cupcakery. Watch Katherine and Sophie in action in DC CUPCAKES, their new TV series on TLC!

Monday, September 20, 2010

St. George Temple

What a wonderful morning at the Temple. How grateful I am for the knowledge of the gospel!

Since I always have the camera along it appeared to be a good time to get creative.

How grateful I am for my testimony of the Father and the Son.

Inside these walls bring peace, joy and happiness and the promise of eternal families!

My Beautiful St. George Temple

How grateful I am for my new temple friend! We met a few weeks back and sat next to each other when she whispered "Are you here by yourself"? I was so excited today when she walked in! Our eyes both lit up when we had discovered that we had picked the same session! Neither one of us knows each other or our schedules but we do know... that Monday is our day to attend the temple!

Thank you my father in heaven for my new temple friend!!

Another blessing in my "sweet life".........................

Judds Store

Oh the memories! Often times when I am in St. George for the day I will swing by Thomas Judd's store for a sandwich or just a quick glimpse at the candy counter. I can't hardly believe it is still here on Tabernacle Street.

These memories are bittersweet for me. When the girls were in 6th grade this was the place to be! In those days in St. George there was only one 6th grade center for the entire school system which was located right across from Judds. It is the old Woodward School.

The girls loved going to Judds for lunch. It was special and only on certain days could they go ...and there were always "girls day" and then "boys day". I mostly remember them getting the famous bread sticks with cheese dip.

It takes me back to a time when my babies were just little blonde haired cutie pa-tooties.
So sweet are my girls kind and loving.

Yes..........I have wonderful memories of my girls being "little girls" but they are wonderful adults.......... mothers and wives.

Tis the circle of life........You can't stop time!

How grateful I am .........for my memories!

Family Time is Always A Blessing

What a wonderful Sunday. The kids... Joe, Mackenzie and baby Wynter came to spend the day and the night here in Zion. What a wonderful special time when we are all together. We were just lazy and enjoyed the day just wandering around Zion and laying around at home.

We love Funniest Videos on TV and when we would laugh... Wynter would just crack up out loud and turn and look at her Nana and laugh. What a happy happy baby she is.

The kids camped out by the river at the resort and after dark we enjoyed a campfire with Joe and Mackenzie's special S'mores. Only two small injuries from the campfire sparks....Kenzie's leg and my toe!!!

Baby Wynter with her monkey from Nana that she loves to hug and give kisses too.

We are a licorice eating family and it's about time Wynter got on board!!!

My baby girl and her baby girl.................Good Times!!!!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

There's A Hole In My Sidewalk

I walk down the street.
....There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
.... I fall in.
.... I am lost — I am helpless.
.... It isn't my fault.
.... It takes forever to find a way out.

I walk down the same street.
....There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
.... I pretend I don't see it.
.... I fall in again.
.... I can't believe I'm in the same place.
.... But it isn't my fault.
.... It still takes a long time to get out.

I walk down the same street.
....There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
.... I see it is there.
.... I still fall in — it's a habit
.... My eyes are open
.... I know where I am
.... It is MY fault.
.... I get out immediately.

I walk down the same street.
....There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
.... I walk around it.

I walk down a DIFFERENT street.

Portia Nelson (1920-2001)


Are you someone who tends to overthink things? What exactly is overthinking anyway? According to the psychologists, overthinking is "thinking too much, needlessly and passively". And, endlessly pondering the meanings, causes and consequences of your character, your feelings and, especially, your problems."

Many people think that when they feel down, disappointed or discouraged by some events, that thinking about them extensively and analyzing the situation in order to figure it out will help. The reality, if we look at the science, is just the opposite. Rather than being helpful, endless ruminating about causes and explanations of possible negative events tends to make people feel worse.

It can be so toxic, that it prevents us from taking important pro-active steps that could improve the situation and it can lead to a negative spiral toward an ever worsening mood, a negative distortion of reality, and even, in those who are vulnerable, clinical depression.

I truly believe that "overthinking is a tool of Satan".............

Life, work and the world around us are all full of problems and challenges, from minor annoyances, flaws and imperfections, to major tragedies and frightening risks and possibilities, but overthinking them does not make them better. Nor does it make us safer, or somehow less likely to be bothered or hurt by any of these vicissitudes. Instead, it makes us feel worse and makes us less likely to take positive action to improve our mood or actually change those situations which are changeable.

Has this ever happened to you? What can you do to head this off?

1. Distract yourself: Choose to redirect your mind to something else...something positive. First and foremost I think it is important to pray and turn my thoughts to my father in heaven. Reading my scriptures gives me great strength and peace!

2. Give up on perfection: We are all a work in progress. We need to laugh and learn from our mistakes and problems. If we do not learn we will more than likely repeat them.

3. Avoid triggers: Stay away, or limit your time as much as possible with people or situations that tend to lead you into feeling negative and overthinking. Identify who and what those are, and how you can decrease your exposure to those triggers.

4. Go for "flow." Find areas of your life, whether it is hobbies or giving service to others, so that you become so absorbed in that....that you lose yourself to all other thoughts. Schedule time for those activities that create flow in your life weekly, daily if possible.

5. First and foremost I believe we must stay close to God the father and his son Jesus Christ. We must always search, ponder and pray that we might follow him and always be an example of him. We must repent and move on!
Life is made of millions of moments, but we live only one of these moments at a time. As we begin to change this moment, we begin to change our lives.

Trinidad Hunt

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Why Do I Love Fall and Halloween So Much?

Seriously....Why Do I Love Halloween So Much?

I get so giddy when I see fall... harvest... and Halloween items in the stores. It's my favorite time of the year and I love it. All year I can't wait for the fall. I love the changing leaves, cooler weather and holidays. Why do I get so happy about Halloween? I've been this way as long as I can remember and I'm a grown woman now....its not like I'm excited about dressing up and going trick or treating. Mid September you'll always know where I'm at--- decorating my house for Halloween!!!

What makes someone so excited about a certain season?

Rain showers? The smell of damp earth and fallen leaves?
The feel of a warm jacket and socks?
The raking of leaves and then the smell of them burning?
The colors of red, gold, orange and brown?
The Halloween Full Moon which will arrive on October 22?
Attending "Thriller" performed by Odyssey Dance Company at Tuachan Amphitheatre with your Saturday Friend? Hmmm.....

As for Halloween... that's simple... the child in you is still alive. You are from the lucky few who's inner child is still there. Don't ever loose that child. It is what will keep you young at heart. I know!

Pure Sweetness!

This photo was taken on Joe and Mackenzie's trip last month to Cali........ I love little Wynter's outfit! Compliments of "The Gap" and on the sale rack! Yep......bargain shoppers!
Mackenzie said everyone that day had commented on what a precious baby she is!
Yep...........She is the apple of her Nana's eye!!!

It Won't Be Long Now!!!

I am soooooo excited to attend the National Book Festival in Washington D.C. on September 25th.
Three of the greatest loves in my life are reading, D.C. and my mama..........and this trip involves all of them.
YIPPEE....................................................I can't wait to go. It will be amazing!