Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Apparently I'm Short!

Who knew? Right?

Mr. C and I were watching the Red-Carpet coverage of the Oscars on Sunday.
There was a segment with 4 women.

One was much shorter than the rest.

She commented on her height at one point,
which was the exact same as mine.

I looked at Mr. C and exclaimed that she looks much shorter than me.
I then commented that I don't look that much shorter than everyone else around me
(unlike her who seemed almost child-sized).

He looked at me, smirked, then quickly looked away. . .
and refused to make eye-contact again.

He replied,
"Do you remember how my mom would always comment about how 
OLD her friends were looking?
And how she didn't see that she, too, looked old?".

I told him I did remember that.
He then said,

"Well, this is kinda the same thing."

Awesome.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Brothers


This layout is up at the Ormolu Blog today!
Pamella had a challenge for us:
To document the beginning of a love story.
I didn't go for the usual theme.
I chose to document Sean and Brendan's relationship.
They are 13 years apart in age but they are really quite close.
They spend as much time together as Sean's schedule allows.
One year he took Brendan to Utah for an entire week.
They had a blast.
When Sean lived in town, he regularly invited the 
"littles" 
to stay the night at his house.
Go check out the other layouts for the challenge this week. 


Sunday, February 19, 2012

Friday, February 17, 2012

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentines Day!


Happy Valentines Day
Mr. C!

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Thankful Thursday

I am thankful for:

Finding out our half-marathon is the week BEFORE Mother's Day and not ON Mother's Day like I thought. (Thank you, Amanda, for pointing that out).

Catching up on the laundry and ironing this weekend. It felt good to get it all done.

Apple notifying me that Mr. C's iPod is on its way back to us. It was part of a recall and he has been borrowing mine while his has been in the shop. This means it is either in his gym bag, or needing to be charged every time I go to get it. Besides, he has been getting some VERY funny looks when he walks into the gym with my bright pink iPod. I think he'll be glad to get his back, as well.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Re-Focusing

Photo by Michael Dales


Wow.
Life has been a bit crazy lately.
I realized tonight that I have only been posting "fluff".
I have good reason.
I've had to cocoon for a while.
Hibernate, if you will.
Get rid of some dead weight
(literally and figuratively)
so I could focus on what
and who
is important.
Cocooning isn't always easy.
It is dark and tight and quiet.

Changing and transforming are hard work.
Even if we are just changing and transforming into
who we already were. 
You know, deep down.
Inside.
In those dark, tucked away corners of ourselves.

So I stepped back a bit.
Kept my New Year's Goal of posting at least once per week.
I actually have updated a few times each week.
It is amazing how much easier it is to post
when I'm not really sharing my heart.
It took very little time.

However, I am going to start inching back.
Come out of my little safe haven.
Take baby steps.
Find my voice again.
It is time to 
Re-Focus.


Wordless Wednesday

Brendan's 12th Birthday Party
Denver Broncos v. Chicago Bears
December 11, 2011












Sunday, February 05, 2012

Friday, February 03, 2012

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Decision Points by George W. Bush

In this candid and gripping account, President George W. Bush describes the critical decisions that shaped his presidency and personal life.
George W. Bush served as president of the United States during eight of the most consequential years in American history. The decisions that reached his desk impacted people around the world and defined the times in which we live.
Decision Points brings readers inside the Texas governor’s mansion on the night of the 2000 election, aboard Air Force One during the harrowing hours after the attacks of September 11, 2001, into the Situation Room moments before the start of the war in Iraq, and behind the scenes at the White House for many other historic presidential decisions.
For the first time, we learn President Bush’s perspective and insights on:
His decision to quit drinking and the journey that led him to his Christian faith
The selection of the vice president, secretary of defense, secretary of state, Supreme Court justices, and other key officials
His relationships with his wife, daughters, and parents, including heartfelt letters between the president and his father on the eve of the Iraq War
His administration’s counterterrorism programs, including the CIA’s enhanced interrogations and the Terrorist Surveillance Program
Why the worst moment of the presidency was hearing accusations that race played a role in the federal government’s response to Hurricane Katrina, and a critical assessment of what he would have done differently during the crisis
His deep concern that Iraq could turn into a defeat costlier than Vietnam, and how he decided to defy public opinion by ordering the troop surge
His legislative achievements, including tax cuts and reforming education and Medicare, as well as his setbacks, including Social Security and immigration reform
The relationships he forged with other world leaders, including an honest assessment of those he did and didn’t trust
Why the failure to bring Osama bin Laden to justice ranks as his biggest disappointment and why his success in denying the terrorists their fondest wish—attacking America again—is among his proudest achievements
A groundbreaking new brand of presidential memoir, Decision Points will captivate supporters, surprise critics, and change perspectives on eight remarkable years in American history—and on the man at the center of events.



This book is an account by George W. Bush of the events of his Presidency (particularly those involving 9-11 and the War that followed), but it also is a memoir of his private life, including his battles with alcoholism.


I have to say that I didn't expect to like this book very much. While I am a conservative, I never really liked George Bush very much. He seemed to lack intelligence, and I never felt he allowed Dick Cheney to run the White House. However, this book surprised me. I DID enjoy reading it. I found him to be witty and well-spoken. 


I found it very interesting to read the behind-the-scenes situations of this historical time. I liked him sharing his thoughts on various World leaders - the good and the bad. It was fascinating to read his perspective.


I also found it to be uncomfortably honest about his drinking - there were even moments that made me cringe. It was real and brutal and shed a light on what alcoholism can do to families. 


If you are a history-buff, you will really enjoy reading this book. It was a terrific read and I am glad I took the chance with it.  


“I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review”.

Healing is a Choice by Stephen Arterburn



Do you want to get well?

The power to heal—physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually—is in God's hands. But the choice to be healed is ours. Everyone, at some level, needs healing. In this book, Stephen Arterburn outlines ten choices crucial to receiving healing and ten lies that can prevent us from making them. Readers will find the wholeness God desires for them in a practical and prayerful way through this book.

Now including the full workbook, this combined release emphasizes the fact that we must choose to let the hurt go and let the healing begin.

The book asks the participant, "Do you want to be healed?" If the answer is yes, then ten choices are provided to make the path toward healing a restorative experience.
Stephen Arterburn has written a book that identifies "Ten Decisions That Will Transform Your Life and Ten Lies That Can Prevent You From Making Them". This book was about healing your life from life's pain (childhood, grief, divorce, fractured relationships, etc.). It also includes a supplemental workbook. It was well-written, and at times I found it difficult to navigate my way through certain sections, but most of it was fairly easy to follow. 


I liked how transparent the author was in regard to his marital problems (two divorces), and losing his home. He was very honest and forthcoming, which is refreshing. I also like that the workbook sections are included at the end of each chapter, rather than at the back of the book. 


Healing is available to all of us, if we just seek it. I liked how he focuses on the fact that there are people in the world who just do not want to be healed. It truly is a choice that requires focus, forgiveness, and faith. It isn't quick, and it isn't easy - but it is possible. We all have hurts and scars. It is impossible not to acquire at least a few scratches as we journey through this life. Some scratches are fairly minor, others are deep painful gashes that feel as if they will never go away. This book will help with that healing, and I feel it  would be especially helpful for those who suffer from depression issues. 
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255