Wednesday, November 23, 2011

5 Lessons We Can Learn From Children (taken from KSL)

I saw this article on KSL today and I thought I would share. It's a great reminder and I think goes well with the theme of Thanksgiving.

5 Lessons We Can Learn From Children

1. Forgive easily

This is especially difficult for a lot of folks. It’s easier to hold on to a grudge, with the expectation that the offending person will realize their mistakes and beg us for forgiveness. Have you ever apologized to a child for making a mistake? They often extend forgiveness without any hesitation, and quickly move on with having fun. The lesson to learn here is truly to forgive and move on.

2. Ask questions

If you’ve ever spent time with a 5-year-old, you’d think their questions-to-statements ratio is skewed. My son is in kindergarten and asks a lot of questions. But I love it because I know he’s learning in the process. The key for adults is to ask a question when something doesn’t make sense, and not let our pride get in the way.

3. Be straightforward

When you least expect it, kids will say what’s really on their minds. They have no qualms about telling you how they feel about your tuna casserole, or they would rather play in the snow than pose for the family Christmas cards. Likewise, grown-ups need to learn how to voice our concerns, and be honest and truthful even when it’s uncomfortable.

4. Dream big

Ask my daughter what she wants to be when she grows up, and she will say “a princess” without any hesitation. What’s stopping us from having lofty dreams like that? While our dreams may be far-removed from reality, it’s the act of dreaming that needs to be revitalized in our lives.

5. Don’t stress

Have you noticed that kids take their lives a day at a time? Adults do have adult-sized worries sometimes, and while it pays to think long term and have a big-picture mentality about life, it doesn’t do any good to worry about things. If you observe your kids when they play, you’ll notice that their whole world revolves around playing, at least for that moment in time. It’s easy to fixate on the negative, but there is a lot of good news worth talking about. Kids are often naturally positive, and we should take a step back and learn a thing or two from our children.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Random Thoughts

  • Most days I find myself wondering "Where did Claire come from?"
  • Oh Chelsea Handler!! You're so bad for me yet I can't stop!
  • I'm secretly jealous of the twins. I would love that close relationship they have.
  • I can't believe I've joined the 5:30am crowd at the gym.
  • Bella wants a Jem & The Holograms birthday party....and yes it's happening. I might be a little more excited than she is.
  • At the primary program I caught myself thinking "I wish it was appropriate to record this", only to learn that exact thing was happening at my friends ward!! Are you kidding me?!!
  • Today I'm not going to think about how many calories are in my glorious cupcake from SO Cupcake. I deserve it, right?
  • Ready for a vacation. Too bad it's not in my future.
  • Is it nap time yet?

Grandparents and Goodies

This morning Bella went to grandparents and goodies with grandpa at the school. The other cousins weren't ready in time.
But she had a great time eating breakfast and reading books.

Disney on Ice 2011

We went to Disney On Ice this year with the cousins and everyone loved it. Except Elysia, who said "I'm boring of this".
Claire had fun waving to everyone and saying hi to all the princesses. Cute!
The pictures are not the best. We all look bad. Oh well.

Bella, Nikki and Luke
Laura & Emmie
Yikes! Not the best picture of me

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Family Pictures 2011

We had some family pictures taken recently. Here are a few, didn't want to bore you with all of them. These are all the unedited ones. I liked them a lot more than the touched up ones.
All My Girls
Dad & Girls (there is a mom and girls, but I don't like it)
Breanna (should have posted the touched up one)
Bre & Syd