Sunday, November 14, 2010

Skid Lids are Super Cool!

 Last Monday Tucker suffered a bad concussion while skating a ramp at his friends house and is now suffering with the aftermath of that and the whiplash that came with it. He fell backwards and hit the back of his head on the metal coping at the top of the ramp. He blacked out and lost his vision for a minute and now almost a week later is completely hating life! If you have never had a concussion like the one he has, let me just tell you, it is the worst!

He suffers with a headache that is worse than a migraine and he has felt nauseous, dizzy, foggy, moody, sore and bored because he is not suppose to do much cognitive thinking while he recovers. Recovery can take anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months!

He has missed a week of school and has done nothing but go to the Doctor, Chiropractor and lay on the bed or couch. He tried to watch a movie last night with his friend Maddy, but is now curled up in a ball on the couch feeling worse than ever.

I'm telling you this because, for one it's what has been happening this week, and I'm documenting it, but also, I really hope that each of us will make better choices while we are out doing the things we love to do, by wearing protective gear!!!!

Now, even if Tucker had been wearing a helmet he probably would have still been injured, but definitely not as bad. Can we somehow make the Skid Lid cool to wear, not to mention the accessories that could go with it...wrist guards, knee pads, elbow pads, hip pads, bubble wrap?

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Going our Separate Ways.

Boys and Girls
went their separate ways,
and spent their days doing this:

Sadey and I went to check out the new displays at our favorite store...Anthropologie.
Trevor and Tucker went and skated at a guy named Rolfe Kerr's backyard skate bowl. Pretty sweet eh?

We all likey very much!

Then the boy's went to the game, and BYU won, but you knew that.

These are some of our happy buys that we made:
1. New drawer pulls for Sadey's treasure drawers
2. A new book about amazing paper crafts.
3. A fabric letter S
4. A lamp shade.
5. And this self-inking stamp to label the gifts that we  possibly bought for you this day, but will not say more about for now. But, you're gonna love it, that's all I'm going to say!

Then we shopped a little more at Gateway and had some lunch at California Pizza Kitchen.

Moroccan Chicken Salad. (Half size, are you kidding? who could eat a full?)
Personal Marguerite Pizza. (Again?)

Then we went to Ikea and bought fabric and some napkins.

Then we decided to get back together...

and ate at California Pizza Kitchen, again. 

Then went and saw this:

and, we liked it.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The most important choice you make everyday is your attitude.

Be strong, have courage, look on the bright side, because we are never alone.

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.” 

Viktor Frankl

How are you doing today?

It's an amazing day!

Feeling optimistic?

 Attitude Test
  • 1. Do you often have a gloomy expression on your face?
  • 2. Do you forget the many good things in your life and overemphasize the few things you   lack?
  • 3. Do you feel sorry for yourself?
  • 4. Do you think more of yourself than of others?
  • 5. Do you think you have too much to do?
  • 6. Do you expect things to go wrong in your life?
  • 7. Do you blame others for your moods and behaviors?
  • 8. Do you think life has been unfair to you?

    An Optimistic Attitude Brings Positive Opportunities!

  • 1. Count your blessings.
  • 2. Learn the power of laughter.
  • 3. Enjoy beautiful music and literature. They can lift your spirits.
  • 4. Look for beauty everywhere you go. Look for it in nature, in art, and in the faces of loved ones.
  • 5. Strive to improve yourself each day.
  • 6. Look for the good in everything.
  • 7. Understand and live the gospel of Jesus Christ

    I think the secret to better health, more beauty within and without, closer friendships, and the opportunity to receive more blessings is to have a cheerful, and more optimistic attitude.

    Join me today and go out of your way to notice the good things and people in your life, and make sure to show gratitude to them!

    And, I like this quote, thought I'd share:
  • " Life is too short to spend your precious time trying to convince a person who wants to live in gloom and doom otherwise. Give lifting that person your best shot, but don’t hang around long enough for his or her bad attitude to pull you down. Instead surround yourself with optimistic people." - Zig Ziglar 
That's what I do!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Sadey Behind the Wheel

I took Sadey to the DMV yesterday to pick up a Utah Driver Handbook. 

Just thought I'd let you know.

She asked if she could practice her driving skills, 
and so it begins. 
My heart pounded so hard it totally gave me away...I am not the super cool Mom that can sit back and just let her kids experience the freedom that the open road provides.

There is just something terrifying about putting your most prized possession behind the wheel of a very large, powerful, dangerous, and expensive possession, and just letting go. 
So, we stayed in a church parking lot.

But, actually she did a great job. I didn't like it when she went more than 5 mph, but she made smooth turns, parked between the lines, backed up without hitting anything. 
So, on about her 10th time around the church, I surprised her, and myself, by telling her to actually go out into the real world. She had a little panic when another car was coming at her...on their side of the road, but she gave them PLENTY of room and made it to a stop sign, made a right turn, and then a left turn into another parking lot, and then perfectly parked the car. 

My mom was way cooler about letting me drive. At least I didn't notice her body completely tense up and see her hands gripping anything that she could just to hold on to dear life. 

I think it's because, I actually was really great at driving when I was 15. 
I remember, she took me to a church parking lot, let me do my thing, was impressed, and then proclaimed that she was the most incredible driving teacher to ever be in existence.

I remember my brother-in-law Tom and my sister Kerry, who were there when we got back, just smiling and nodding their heads yes, but not saying more, because they knew that I had been taking my parents car out for joy rides since
I was 12 years old.

Um, I wonder?


Monday, November 1, 2010

Make your own fun regularly.

So, my biggest motivating factor in life is FUN! My life isn't always fun, but the way I get through the un-fun moments is to think of all the fun I'm going to have as soon as I figure out how to have fun doing whatever it is that I'm doing.

For instance, exercising...can be fun. If you know how to switch it up. People always ask me what are you training for. I always have some kind of race coming up, but that's usually not what I'm training for. I'm training for life. I know that the more active I am, the more living in my life I'll be blessed to have. So, I try to figure out ways to work up a good sweat doing things that feel like play. If I thought that working out meant getting on a treadmill and running at the same pace everyday of my life, running, running , but getting no where, I'd say, "shoot me now!"Here is a list of things that I will be doing this week, that actually count as exercise:

Trail running- I'm so lucky to have several trail heads just minutes from my house, but sometimes I drive to a good trail I know about. It's always worth the effort and feels like a treat.

Hiking-Sometimes a trail just isn't fun to run, so changing the outing to mean hiking takes care of that.

Yoga- I have a studio near my house that I can run, bike or board to, which absolutely ups the fun-factor of getting there, but I also just love the time I'm in a class. Being surrounded by such positive people all doing their best, working at their own level is amazing.

Rock Climbing- I have just recently started doing this again, and I mean just started, I've only been once with my daughter Sadey and my friend Lindsay, but we're hoping to make "Ladies Night" at The Quarry a Thursday night tradition. Perhaps Trevor will want to join me too. We first met climbing some rocks.

I feel great if I can get in 60 minutes of exercise a day. I'm much more fun to be around when I do. I am always looking for friends to join me, the more the merrier! If you're interested, let me know.

Have a Fun and Active day!