Wow, I have not posted since November, that is so crazy, because there have been so many going ons' since then. I guess I just got busy in the holiday season, not sure why, it wasn't very hectic. What happened is that my laptop died in early December. Motherboard fried to pulp. Second one in about 3 years. It wasn't worth replacing, but with it my music and pictures were inaccesible. I just procured a new laptop, but not sure how long that is going to last. The "b" key works randomly. I don't know if it is me or the keyboard. If I strike the "b" key with a little more pressure it works, but when you type about 70 wpm, "blog" ends up looking like "log". It really is quite annoying, not sure if I will just deal with it or take it back. I am leaning towards dealing with it because I already installed all my stuff on it. But as i am typing the above, you can't imagine how many 'b's I have missed. Good thing for spellcheck, except when missing the 'b' is actually a word like in 'log'. My other problem is that I don't have a camera. My little point and shoot that I carry in my purse, is no longer with me. I let someone borrow it for an extended period of time thinking it would be okay because I would just borrow Ryan's, but Ryan can't find his point and shoot. So I am pictureless and 'b' less.
Brennan turned 8 in September and was baptized in October a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. So proud of Brennan for making this important decision. It was a special day and am thankful for family and friends that were there to support Brennan on his special day. My mom came up from California and Ed's brother & his wife, John and Donna came up from Arizona. I know Brennan felt so loved.
Ryan entered the PTA Relections Contest in the Photography category. You can read more about the the Relections Contest by clicking here. The theme of the submission is "Together We Can". He won 1st place in his category at school. He got really great feedback. One of the judges was a BYU professor that was really impressed with Ryan's submission. Ryan moves on to the next level of competion. We don't know how far he will go, but if feels good to us as parents to have Ryan recognized for his talents. I can't post a pic, because I don't have one and am concerned about someone stealing Ryan's photo. Good job Ryan, we are so proud of you for taking a risk!
Brennan turned 8 this month and was excited to become a Cub Scout. His first Pack Meeting happened to be the Pinewood Derby and he was very excited to build a car. With Ed's help they built a winning car. Brennan was the fastest car in his Wolf Den and also had the fastest car in the Pack resulting in Brennan becoming the Pack Winner! We were really excited for him. We could tell that he was so nervous throughout the night. But we were really happy to see that he was a gracious winner as well.
Another big event for October was my 40th Birthday. I have actually been looking forward to my 40th birthday, it feels so grown up to say you are 40. Now, I'm not saying it has been easy to get to 40, I've had a rough time getting here. But I feel like I have grown up a lot in the last few years and getting to 40 feels like a success. Can't wait to get to 50, I will be so much smarter and wiser (well I am hoping). I had a great birthday, it started out with a great card from my oldest friend from high school that had some very kind thoughtful words that I needed to hear. Ed got me a massage, facial and pedicure. So I felt very pampered. Unfortunately, I had to go to work. When I got home from work, this was on my garage door. You can't see it well on the picture, but it said, "So what!!! You're Another Year Older....Don't get Your Panties In a Bunch!!!!" There was a string of panties on my garage. When I got into the house, the house was covered in confetti, balloons, streamers and banners (courtesy of my friends and neighbors, the Jardines).
That evening, my besties, Nissa and Christine took me out to a yummy dinner. I was so nice to spend time with these gals. Over the years, they have cried with me and laughed with me. I really rely on these gals and I hope I can do the same for them.
When we got home, I had cake with family and friends. Then I went out to a movie with my friend Christine. I received dozens of birthday wishes, calls, cards, texts and emails from many friends and family. The start of 40 is great!
I am trying to update my profile on my blog. It is so BORING!!
I want it to be a little quirky, describe my situation in life, my challenges, my triumphs...yada yada.... I want it to be real, not some crap about how wonderful my life is...cause let's face it...it's been the $#&@s for the past 3 years! More to come....