Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A Fun Box

This was totally my kids a while ago with a very large box we got. This version is sped up so you can watch the entire thing in 5 minutes. Imagination's are priceless!

Monday, September 28, 2009

The Jenny Post

Finally, the long awaited post for my cousin Jenny. If you are wondering why she is so special to get her own post on my blog, it is because she was the first to answer my question correctly on the previous post. :)

Jenny and I are the same age (she is 4 months older) and were in the same grade in school. We had a lot of fun growing up being pen pals. We lived in different states, but saw each other on occasion. It was fun to write letters and build a friendship "the old fashioned" way. It
seemed we were always doing similar things in school, church and life.
We had fun one summer Jenny got to come and visit me, and the next summer, I got to go visit her. It was my first time traveling alone. It was great. My one and only time in Texas.

Every since I can remember, we had always planned on being roomies together at BYU. We totally made that happen. Our freshman year in Heritage Halls - Gates building. We had a lot of fun that year.
Then I got married and started a family, an
d Jenny got married and did the same. We have lived in different states for the past, i don't know, 7 years or so. We have drifted apart in our friendship, but we are family so we can't go too far. :)

We have started keeping in touch better through email and the occasional postcard from vacation. Our lives are busy, but many of my fondest memories include Jenny.
It is fun that we share many of the same interests and taste in movies, books, music & clothes. Even now, the similarities haven't changed too much. When we lived at BYU, I got to know what it was like to have a sister. Thanks Jenny! You are a fabulous person. I love you!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Fall has officially Fallen

It is the first day of fall. It is another nice, crips, perfect day. All I kept thinking about was this movie quote. "Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address."

If you are the first to name that movie (without cheating..on you honor!) You will be the winner. What is your prize you say? I will write an amazingly fabulous post about you! Get your thinkin' caps on! Ready, set, go!!!

Don't forget to participate in my poll!! over here------------------------>

Thursday, September 17, 2009

One Bright Celestial Day

Today I attended the funeral of a sweet, precious baby named Cali. I met Cali's parents before she was born, at Heart Camp. She was born on September 5th and passed on Sept. 12th. You can read her obituary here.
Babies change so many lives in an instant. Thomas & Adrienne, know many are praying for you and thinking about you.

I was touched by so many things at her service. The songs "Families can be together forever" and " I am a child of God" were sung today, and also at my daughter Elaine's funeral, almost 5 1/2 years ago.

What I wanted to share was this. A Special version of "I am a Child of God" that was sung. As you read the word (and hum along) I'm sure you will realize why they moved me so.

I am a child of God and He has called me home.
My Earthly journey's through but still, I do not walk alone.
He leads me, guides me, walks beside me, helps me find the way,
He welcomed me with open arm. I live with Him today.

I am a child of God and I have gone ahead.
My earthly life was brief but oh, such peace and love you gave.
You loved me, held me, stood beside me and though I cannot stay.
You gave me much to help me and I live with Him today.

I am a child of God and I will wait for you.
Celestial glory shall be ours, if you can but endure.
I'll lead you, guide you, walk beside you.
Help you find the way.
I'll welcome you with open arms
One Bright Celestial Day.
Even now I cannot stop the tears from coming. Oh how long and hard the enduring feels, and how I long for my daughter to welcome me with open arms some day. What a grand day that will be. Until then, we wait and strive to be worthy to be where she has gone on ahead.

I do not know who wrote this, but wish I could give them credit for it. It is beautifully written, and if so true. It must have been by some one who "knows". Whoever you are, thank you!

Monday, September 14, 2009

A Walk to Remember!

(look closely and you will see the butterflies)

No, I'm not talking about the movie, I am talking about the second annual Walk for Healing Hearts. It was on Saturday. It was great! It was a bright and early day for many. I won't bore you with all of the details, but we had over 550 people in attendance! That is nearly twice as much as last year! Wow! I am still stunned! It was an awe inspiring sight to see so many people together to raise awareness for Congenital Heart Defects, and raise funds for Intermountain Healing Hearts.

Our shirts turned out amazing, once again designed by Jennilyn Quinney of Silver Stitch (her son Bryson has a CHD). She did a phenomenal job. I love the red with white. There was water from Wil's Pit stop, Apples from Openshaw Farms...and then the Angel ceremony. We had a special moment to honor the valiant hero's who have finished their fights. We released butterflies. It was very touching. The butterflies sort of banded together as the flew off...

I was thrilled that we had a lot of support this year. Our family & friends who came to honor and remember Elaine: Ross & Kerlyn, Nancy & Brynn, Trevor & McKenzie, Jaylyn, Elaine's nurse Mindy & of course, the Torsak's. We all wore Buzz Lightyear bandanna's/arm bands to represent our missing her. I know many of you would have been there if you could, and we appreciate that, and all of your kind donations!
(Brynn's pictures)
We were also able to have a lot of friends & Neighbors attend as well. Thank you, thank you - Bakers, Bishops, Aubrey, Kristi, Amberly, Day's, Stephanie, Drakes, and those who donated - Amber, Are', Benson's, Shulers. Hmm I hope I am not leaving anyone out. There were so many people...I'm still boggled!

Unfortunately, as of Saturday night, we have another Angel to add to our group, Cali. She passed on and will be greatly missed. We were fortunate to meet her parents at Heart Camp and have a great visit with them.

After the Angel ceremony we proceeded with the prizes! We had over $4,000 of donated items to give away! It was so much fun. A little hectic - I think we had a too many cook's in the kitchen problem. Not to mention the Bull horn that hates me for some year we will have a sound system! It will be great!

I hope everyone enjoys the prizes they won. There was a lot of time and effort put in by all members of the IHH board (and spouses) (Carolyn, Mike, Christina, Brynn, and Myself) (I can't wait to see our new pictures! HE HE.)

A big thanks to my friend Tiffany and her daughter who arrived early early to help me out with registration, and my niece Jaylyn and her friend Shelese. So many amazing people giving of their time to make the event possible! We couldn't have done it without you!

Check back soon on our website for a list of all the generous sponsors and donors!!!

I'm looking forward to and planning Heart Walk 2010 already!!

ps -more picture's to come soon - Yes, even we have technical difficulties!!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Saturday Again

Well, it has been another week. Things are really getting busy as we approach the heart walk. We are at T - 7days!!! Yippie. I am still busy gathering prizes and such. Always so much to do! But it will be so fun. I am stoked that we will have twice as many people as last year.

Last week we went to Desert Star. Our favorite. With Aaron & Mandy. We attended the later show because we had to switch tickets around a bit, due to Maliya's birth. She arrived safe and sound and she and Mandy are doing well.

We ate at Texas Roadhouse. It was yummy. The show this time was Snooty and the Beast. And there was a Monster Mash Olio. It was funny that it was Michael Jackson's Birthday and they did a thriller sequence. It was a great olio. I loved the costumes!

The show was funny as well. I'm glad my name's not Average. The villain was really creepy looking. They did a great job with that. And the Beast was wonderful! I also enjoyed Edward Tweezer hands. So, last time at Desert Star, there was a wedding Proposal. Here it was, a couple months later, and we were witness to yet another marriage proposal. What are the chances? It was sweet. We have a bit of a break from DS - so Mandy can re coop from giving birth. We won't go again until the Marvels anniversary/Darin's Birthday. We will be seeing Nutcracker: Men in Tights. Next season looks great as well, and we get 6 shows for the price of 5.

Myra is getting adjusted to sleeping in a "big Girl Bed". She decided to climb/fall out this week - hence the transition/ She seems to be doing ok. Some days she doesn't nap - but oh well. She can't hurt herself at least. Now we just have to reorganize the girls' rooms - but that is a project for after the walk.

We attended Onion Days last night. The kids had a lot of fun. Myra even went on the Merry - go - round, car ride & the Ferris Wheel. Vi kinda freaked out a bit (I was there with her) but still says she had fun on it and would go again. The kids got Carmel Apples and sno - cones. Yay. We watched some fireworks too. All I have to say, is thank heavens they have all rides for one ticket on Friday's or we could never afford to go!

We get to attend a neighbor hood BBQ tonight and listen to some bands. I'm looking forward to it. I'm sure I will have a lot to post after the race!!!! IF you still would like to come or donate let me know!