Saturday, February 27, 2010

Little bit of this, little bit of that, and the family artist

Life has been insanely busy the last few weeks with work. I've been traveling at least two days each week and often more, and been putting in a lot of late nights and weekend time writing reports. In fact, I should be writing a report right now! I've been feeling a bit overwhelmed with everything I've got going on & not sure how to handle it all and get it all done well and attempt to stay on top of things. And then I heard about a friend who is waiting to hear if her job is being cut and if she'll be let go from her company. And that made me stop feeling sorry for myself for being so busy. I am so grateful for a good, steady job that I really enjoy. I'm grateful for the chance I have to work from home and be here for my family and be involved in Josh's life and activities to the extent that I'm able to be. I'm grateful to be associated with companies in my job that are strong and solid. They have ethics and integrity and are like families. I'm grateful for their confidence and belief in me.

The one benefit of traveling is that I get to see some pretty things and places. And when I go to Sun Valley or Jackson, I see some ski hills that I would much rather be skiing down than working!

Josh is taking Ceramics at school this trimester. I have to admit that I have harassed him a bit about it. But he's really good. I picked up a couple of his pieces for him and brought them home last week. I was really impressed at how good they are. He's just a fount of hidden talents! The tall red piece is going to be in the local art show at the library sometime next month. I'm really looking forward to going in to see it on display!!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Simplot Games

Every year, there is a huge high school indoor track and field competition in Pocatello. The Simplot Games is the premiere high school event in the country. Josh decided to run this year and did the 1600 meter(also known as the 1 mile). There were 19 kids from Snake River running. Two of them were running the mile--Josh & Tylo. As Josh found out more information about Simplot, he realized that this was really a big deal. The Simplot Games record for the mile is 4:10, which is crazy fast. He decided he wanted to use the experience just to set a baseline to start the Track season with. Probably wise, since Josh talks about running a whole lot more than he actually does run. He ran on Thursday night and set a starting point of 5:38 for the track season & has set a goal to finish the season at 5:00 flat. He did a great job & I was proud of him! Track starts next week...I can already see that those first track meets promise to be as cold as they were last year!!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The best friends

I have the best friends in the world! The last month or so has been sort of hard for me for various reasons. I have discovered in that time that I am probably the luckiest girl in the world, because I have the very best friends ever! Whenever I'm having a bad day or going through something rough, they take time out of their lives, which I know are busy and full, to make sure that I'm ok and to let me vent & to commiserate with me. They take my side but aren't afraid to give me the kick in the butt I so often need. The other day, it meant so much to me to pull a card from my dear friend Jen out of the mail and know that I mattered enough for her to take the time from her 5 kids to send me those sweet words. My parents always taught me the importance growing up of good friends, so I realize how fortunate I am to have such amazing friends & count myself double lucky that two of them have been friends for about half my life!

Thanks you guys! I love you all so much & hope to be as good a friend to you as you are to me.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentines Day!

Our Valentine's Day started with heart shaped pink pancakes for Josh & Emmett. We had a nice dinner that my mom made for us, and then finished the meal off with a yummy, double layer, heart shaped red velvet cake for dessert.

I hope everyone was able to spend their day with those that they love the most and if you have a special Valentine, that you were able to be with that person on this day as well.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

L.O.V.E the Olympics!!!

I so, so, so love the Olympics!! I seriously am a huge Olympics junkie. I watch them every night, I'm checking out the website as often as I can. I love them. The winter Olympics are my favorite. Ice skating, snowboarding, skiing, moguls, aerials, I just love it all! So for the next two weeks, I'll be attentively watching the Olypics & cheering for Team USA!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Winter Fest

Josh got his Winter Fest pictures back yesterday & they were so cute! Of course, that's because these four kids are so danged cute!

The highlight of a very bad night last night was sweet Hannah and her wonderful mother Peggy visiting us last night & bringing cookies. They knew we were having a tough night and wanted us to know that they were thinking about us and came and shared their friendship and love with us. Thanks Hannah and Peggy! We love you guys so much!!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Ch. Pembroke New Way to Fly February 17, 2002-February 1, 2010

Ever had a day that you wished you could just skip over and not have? Today was one of those for me. The entire day was pretty rotten. I did have the highlight of visiting briefly with Jen & her kids. But the day got exceedingly worse on the way home, when I got a call from Josh that there was something wrong with Garth. Indeed, when I got home, Garth was in a bad, bad way, and I was afraid that we were going to lose him. I called the vet, who happens to be a very good friend of mine from high school. After talking to Tony and giving him the symptoms an telling him how Garth looked, we determined that I would bring him in, but that most likely there was nothing we could do for him. We did end up losing this sweet, sweet boy tonight, before his time. Tony believes that he had a fast moving cancer and that he'd gone downhill so quickly he wouldn't survive treatment.

Garth was only not quite 8 years old. I absolutely adored this boy. He was so sweet and so kind. He loved to give hugs and kisses and always wanted to please me. He always, always made me happy and always made me smile. I will greatly miss his hugs and kisses--Garth was not a licker, but would touch his nose to your cheek to give you a kiss. Rest in peace sweet boy. We love you and we will miss you.