Monday, 28 November 2016


I have been nursing this plant back to life. Look how it has responded! Every time something flowers that I have had a hand in, I am amazed!

Tuesday, 22 November 2016


One of the best things about my job is hanging out with kids who are as obsessed about reading as I am.

This month our book club book is James and the Giant Peach. Our meeting is next week but we decided to have a get together to watch the movie with those kids who finished reading the book already.  It was so fun! There was lots of "That isn't how it happened in the book!" And "No way. That isn't what that character should look like."

It was delightful to see them so engaged in the story and able to compare it to the book. 


Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Happy Day!!

For a while now, we've been having bathroom issues. They even cancelled school one day because of it.

The bathroom issues seem to be resolved. Goodbye port-a-potties!! We won't miss you!!

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Ice Cream Treats!

One of Jill's jobs is at our favourite ice cream place: Village Ice Cream.

Even Chico loves it.

Monday, 14 November 2016


This kid is a great helper. I sure appreciate him! 


Never make me that he is scared of anything that could be dangerous. 

And spider webs. He hates spider webs. He feels bad destroying their homes. 

Every time he helps me with something I have to bite my tongue when the work turns into play. Tonight we cleaned the vases and fancy glasses on the top of the cupboards. He has to make all the cups sing before he dries them. He also likes to artistically re-arrange things in some new way. Funny guy. 

Sunday, 13 November 2016

New Habits

Today at church I had a friend come sit by me. She commented on how I had my stuff spread out on the two seats on either side of me and asked if she could sit by me. I told her my big butt needs a lot of room and she retorted with something about her big butt. We chuckled and enjoyed some more small talk. One of her comments was, "How do people lose weight anyway?" We joked back and forth about how I don't want to hear anymore about people eating less and exercising more. I want a quick fix!!

The truth is, I know how to lose weight. I have done it a ton of times (no pun intended!). I seem to have an exercise habit going. As I thought about it this afternoon, I realized if I could just change my eating habits I bet I would take up healthy living a notch and be able to lose weight. I have told myself that I don't exercise every day to lose weight. I have seen so many benefits from exercising that if I just focus on how I haven't lost weight I would miss recognizing all the other great benefits of exercising daily. I seem to do best when I do things a step at a time. This exercise habit has been a really long journey. My goal is to be a runner. I have been exercising every day for 154 days now! That really is an accomplishment. I am not even a runner yet, but I can see it happening. I keep getting a little better all the time, so in time, I think I really will be a runner. 

Today I decided that the next habit I'm going to start on is to eat better by eating a salad every day. I'm very excited about it. I looked up recipes for salads in a jar and there are a million ideas out there! Today I made five jars so that I'm ready for the week. Each day I will just need to grab some fruit for my morning snack and maybe a carb to go with my salad at lunch. This is going to be great!! I can see myself doing this.


Thursday, 10 November 2016


In the sports world, some say chocolate milk is one of the best recovery drinks out there. 

I have had my own unique workouts this week thanks to a long list of deep cleaning I needed to check off. It has been utterly exhausting!! 

Thank goodness for chocolate milk. 

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Let It Go!

I was cleaning my bathroom today and decided it is time to give these away. I used those every day for many many years! I even lugged them around my mission. I really don't know when I stopped using them. It has been a long time.

Sometimes I have a hard time moving on...and not just with electric rollers. I have a hard time giving up on relationships even when they do not bring me happiness. Why do I continue to keep in touch? Is it out of duty? Even though it seems to bring more frustration than joy? I find it especially difficult with people who seem to disapprove of changes I've if people should always stay the same. 

I don't need those rollers now. I straighten! And that's ok.

Monday, 7 November 2016


She would have been 9 today.

I've been surprised, after my experience, at how often I hear about stillborn deaths. It is not talked about a lot, but it sure is common.

Fall Break

Jill and I plan to go to the gym together every morning this week. This is the life! 

Loving Fall Break!!

Friday, 4 November 2016