Wednesday, September 28, 2011

and I'm Still Standing....

Okay, so I had a real big let down last week when I didn't get the job I wanted.  The last one I told you about....they hired someone else.  I was feeling really really sorry for myself.  I really wanted that job!  Well, that made me start to question everything about myself.  I am amazed how something like that could make me question my confidence, and just so many other things.  I was really bummed!  So, I decided that I needed direction and inspiration in my life.  Because truthfully, I didn't know where to go from here.  I guess I could have just thought, "oh well, I'll just keep looking".  But that's not what I thought.  But, what I did think about was the fact that the General RS conference was coming up that next day and I had tickets to go to it!  I just gave a lesson a few weeks ago in RS about General Conference.  I love General Conference and I know that is is our road map for the next 6 months in our lives. 

I got up Saturday morning feeling really low.  I decided that I would go next door to help do some painting inside the house.  Even though I felt like poo poo!  So, there I was working along side my oldest son and my husband....painting away.  I had a small can of paint that I had just finished cutting in with on this big wall downstairs.  Then I started to roll out the rest of the wall.  So, there I was rolling and rolling and then suddenly I hit the small bucket of paint off the ladder and it spilled all over the basement floor.  So, what do you think I did?  I started to cry!  Me!  I cried like a baby!  I couldn't believe it.  I said to Mike, "see, I cant even do this stupid painting"!  Mike said, "it's okay hunny, we can clean it're doing a good job"!  Michael looked at me and said, "Mom, are you crying?"  I just cried like a baby,it was funny and a bit pathetic ( I dont usually cry so easily like that) but......oh so real!  I quickly finished the wall and went back inside the house, got into the shower and got ready to go to the RS conference.  So, what if it was 3 hours early.  I wanted to get away and to get to that conference a.s.a.p.!

So, Conference was wonderful.  We sat in the 10 row from the front.  Afterwards I felt renewed.  I knew that going there I would find answers to my questions about where to go from here.  I was a bit surprised to learn that I just needed to continue to put my family first and just go about my life the way I had been and that everything was going to be okay.  That I just needed to slow down and take one day at a time and everything else would fall into place.  The next day was Sunday and I had a great day!

This week I am back at it.  Looking for work and being open to whatever happens and just being myself and being okay with it. I actually got a call back from the company that I interveiwed with and they let me know that they have some other Administrative Assistant positions coming up that they want to interveiw me for in the near future. That was great news because I realized that they must have found me overqualified and better suited for a higher paid position which the Admin Asst positions are.  That made me feel a ton better. I also had another interveiw today with another company.  Who knows how it will turn out. And who knows if I will like it if it does.  All I do know is that I am thankful to be a woman and to know that I am loved and not forgotten.  Can't wait for General Conference this weekend!  Oh, and by the way....
I am Still Standing!

Hoot Hoot!

Made these tonight....
Aren't they cute?  Got the idea HERE!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Don't be jealous!

Isn't this just a great picture of Autumn?  Well, I think so anyway.  So, don't be jealous out there in California, but we have been having THE best Autumn or Fall.  It has been just perfect weather everyday, knock on wood, it's been like 70's 80's all the time.  And every morning my friend Darcie and I take about an hour walk.  And we always try to take a picture of something we see each morning on our walks. So, this is one I took a few mornings ago. This is up the hill over looking part of Springville and Mapleton. 

So, this morning I missed my walk in order to make an 8:30 appointment to a second interview with a company that I really really want to work for!  I am ready to go back to work full time now.  Especially since we are about ready to be done with the house in like another month at the most and we need to make that house payment.  I figure the kids are all old enough for me to be gone during the day now.  I thought it would be a good time to try and find a job with a solid company that I can work for and grow with.  Maybe even retire from.  Well, this job is just perfect for me.  In fact it is here in Springville.  It is a receptionist position at a large manufacturing company.  They are looking for someone to be the main receptionist with the ability and interest of moving onto a more demanding positon with the company in the not too distant future.  Well, that's perfect and that's ME!  Don't worry, I told them.  So, hopefully they are narrowing down their search.  I was told that they had 200 applicants and they narrowed that down to 25 and then down to 3 for the last interview and I was the first to interveiw the second time around.  So, keep your fingers crossed and say a little prayer for little ol' me.  I neeeeeeeed this job so bad.........and it's just perfect in every way for me.
Beautiful Fall weather and a Beautiful job oppotunity for "yours truly"....don't forget;)

Monday, September 19, 2011

College Days

So, I've been thinking a lot about my young single adult days.   I have especially been thinking about some of my college days.  Probably because I now have a college student.  Well, here I am at Rick's College in 1982!  Yep, that's me wtih all my studies.  Truthfully I hated it!
Here is a good depiction of how I felt there.  First of all I felt cooped up because it was in the dead of winter (Jan) that I was there and we lived in this little apartment and I missed California so much!  I never was one for studying and doing well in school in the first place.  But my good friend Jodi was there and she wanted me to join her.  I had an exboyfriend who had been there and raved about how much fun it was.  So, I went.....and I almost dropped out of the semester and went back home. But I stuck it out for one semester.

We made our own fun though, while I was there.  Like the time we took one of our roomates bed room and put it outside.  That was a hoot!  We pretended to be drinking on it too.  A bottle of sparkling cider did the trick for this picture.
We also took out all our magazines and cut out all of the cute guys we could find in it and plastered them all over the kitchen wall above the table.  Made for fun conversation and enjoyable meal times:)
I also made a good friend there.  Ginger was just a tiny little thing.  She was a lot of fun and one of the reasons I could stand to stay there for that one semester.

Those were the days.  They were short lived and I'm glad they are over!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

This is what it's all about

So, I'm sitting here at the computer for a moment on a Saturday afternoon in my house all alone while the rest of the family is next door working on the new house.  We are in a hurry to get it done before the weather breaks and it starts snowing again.  For now we are enjoying a beautiful Autumn day. Our friends, The Robinson's  are anxious to get into their rental(the house we are in now) and we are anxious to get into our new home.  But just for today, I am enjoying my life, my family.  The goodness that is all around me.  I truly am blessed.

So, this is truly what it is all about for me.  Michael was dating this cute girl that he really thought the world of, but unfortunately that relationship ended earlier this week.  She was a great girl, but truthfully, I am a bit happy about it.  Mostly because now he's home more again.  I know that is probably very selfish of me. But, he has been wanting to spend more time with his brothers than he did before his mission and with him going to school, looking for a job and dating her there wasn't a lot of time for his brothers.  Well, now there is time again.  I think my favorite time is when all my boys are together either working or playing and just being together.  Like today. I want to freeze this moment in time.  It is when I think I am happiest.  I feel deep satisfaction, joy and love.  I am a proud Mom.  I am in awe and in love with my boys!  The Lord has truly blessed me with good men in my life.  I married one and together we have raised more of them.  This is what it is all about!  I love my life!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Super Saturday Fun Ideas

We have a Super Saturday coming up in October. 
 So, I spent the whole week trying to come up with ideas and finding people to teach them to our RS sisters.  I think we came up with some good stuff.
  Our Theme is Strengthening Families Thru the Holidays!

The first hour of our Super Saturday we will have two instruction classes that will take a bit of time.
We will start with the Holiday breads, cinnamon rolls, cinnamon bread, etc..
Then while the bread is rising we will move to a nearby classroom where we will have a class on
deorating your Holiday table the easy way, with a few different and inexpensive ideas.
During lunch we will have a short message about the importance of
strengthening our families thru the Holidays.

Then we will break for lunch and have homemade soups, salad and rolls.
And we are asking the sisters to bring their favorite holiday treat to share for desserts.

Then we will break into our second hour of a round robbin style of holiday crafts.

Holiday Craft Ideas

#1 wood plaques with a vynal last initial. 
But we will be making them on the 8x10 plaques like the one in red. 
#2 crocheted cotton wash cloths
  Maybe I'm behind but I recently bought one of these great simple washcloths at a little store here in town and I love it!  It cleans my counters better than anything else that I have. 
So, I decided that we HAVE to make these!  Love them!

#3 Wooden spool christmas ornament
I thought these were super cute.  My sister makes jewelry so she will be teaching the sisters how to do the
bead work at the bottom and then you attach that to the ribbon and pull it thru and decorate
your spool with some cute Christmas scrapbook paper.

#4 Dry erase framed menu
You can use it like a dry erase board.  Just fill in the menu for this week.
Then erase and do it again next week.(change out your scrapbook paper as the seasons change)
  Simple, cute and a great christmas gift idea!

#5 Family Blocks
We picked up a 2x4 out of the backyard and cut them into 6 pieces.
  This is my friend Darcie's blocks we used as samples.
She just glued scrapbook paper, letters from my cricut,
and a package of matching embellishings. Are these cute or what?

And that's our Super Saturday!

Here's what I did with my 6 pieces of wood.
Mine are double sided. 

Here's the other side!

I love, love, love the way these turned out!