Thursday, February 18, 2010

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Monday, February 15, 2010

sunday evening sound bites

From Ella (5, who is quite enamored with the Olympics): "What's a Canadian?"

From Sophie (2, who has claimed Ella's scooter): "No, no, I can do it! I just need to practice!"

Friday, February 5, 2010

anyone want to trade cars?

I had to go get emission testing done on my awesome car yesterday.

It failed.

I got kind of offended. Then I was annoyed with myself for getting offended that my car failed the emissions test.

"It's a '01 Oldsmobile Alero, that has 147,000 miles on it for crying out loud. It's about time for it to start failing emissions."

That's what I had to tell myself last night as I was driving (after adding air to the leaky tire) to Checker Auto.

So sad. I was really hoping that I had developed a more healthy, moderate, relaxed attitude toward life, but alas my type A personality is still alive and well.

In conclusion:

I still need to work on the type A thing some more.

I can now add "environmentally challenged" to the growing list of issues of my high maintenance car needs addressed.

Note: We replaced the gas cap and the car passed emission the second time around. I'm so glad it was something little.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Some (slightly) more coherent thoughts on change...

Some big changes for us this week.

as of last night...
  • We are in a new ward (we are on number 5 since moving to Tucson).
  • We will be attending church in the new building which only 3 minutes from our house. (We should now be 10 minutes closer to being on time).
  • I am no longer serving with the Young Women.

as with any big change, I have mixed feelings...

  • Anxious to meet new people.
  • Ecstatic about meeting in the new building.
  • Excited to have old friends in our new ward.
  • Regretful about things I could have done better.
  • Grateful for the things I learned from the girls and the leaders I served with, and for the friends I made.
  • Sad about leaving the most fantastic girls.

I will miss seeing their smiles every Tuesday and Sunday, (and sometimes Saturdays and Thursdays). These young women are wonderful in every way. I loved spending the last few years , singing, cooking, eating, painting, teaching, camping, swimming, crafting, sewing, dancing, filming, photographing, photo shopping, baking, laughing, hiking, and serving, with these young women.

To my fabulous girls:
Thank you... for being wonderful...for being excellent examples...for being so good to each other and to your leaders...and for listening to all my analogies :) When you're in the neighborhood come come say hi.

To the amazing women I've served with over the past 2.5 years:
Thank you...for your examples...for teaching me...for your strength...and for your friendship. I hope that we will find ourselves serving together again sometime.

To the wonderful Vail ward:
Thank you...for all the things that great wards do...for the support...for the help...for watching out for us...for teaching our girls.

To the people in our new ward that we already know:

To the people in our new ward that we don't know:
Here we come. We will be the family in the back with the two-year-old that can't seem to find her quiet voice, and the five-year-old with the pink bag who thinks church is a great big party every week.