Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A Blog Where Blogging is Happening

For my many loyal followers who are discouraged by my lack of blogging, you may be interested to know that my husband now blogs. 

Check it out:

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Lovely Evening

Tonight was exactly perfect. We had a wonderful dinner in the dappled sunlight on the patio of the Cottonwood Grill.

Afterward we took a relaxed Greenbelt walk where we watched an energetic raccoon for several minutes and marveled at the wild irises.

Wild irises!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Catching Up

Bowling in style.

Decorations for Cory's 30th.

Mike drew my whole family on ballons for my birthday.
Birthday bouquet.

Please take a moment to admire my Mom's jacket.
New car.

Rhet & Gillian @ food truck rally.
Crazy line at food truck rally.
Deep fried cheese in a pulled pork sandwich. YIKES. But very delicious.

Mike's creations look delicious in the bowls Ellie & Roger made us.
McKinnon family festivities March.

Cutest most comfortable ever.
Mike + pizza = genius

Bryce, Lauren, Cameron, Sam.
Kate & Chris at food truck rally

Mike and Brandon

East package from mom. 
Easter egg hunt

Easter egg decorating

DC trip

Pinata cookies
Mike running up Lucky Peak
Aquarium with Ellie and Becca

Mother's day weekend

Skyping with Dev. I have to add that I just can't be more grateful for these types of technologies and Dev's awesome mission president. It was really wonderful talking to Dev.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Planning Procrastination

I am a total planning procrastinator. I don't plan to procrastinate. I use planning as an excuse to procrastinate. I can spend all morning on the internet exploring healthy recipes for my meal plan, as a way to avoid actually shopping and cooking. Similarly, I have spent hours researching shoes or heart rate monitors or exercise moves or running routes or the perfect book to listen to instead of just going out and exercising. It is very insidious.

Recently I have been trying to make myself act before I plan. Like do my exercise for the day before I am allowed to "research" exercise techniques. I still find myself falling into this bad pattern but now that I have noticed it, I can snap out of it more often.

“Before I can start, I’ve got to plan.”
Sure, planning is important. But right now, it’s just procrastination.
You know how it goes: “Before I start, I need to get workout clothes that fit. And shoes. And join a gym. And load some new songs on my iPod. Then I’ll get a meal plan and go shopping, and I’ll be ready to start!”
Maybe you do need all that stuff. But first, just start.
It’s easy: go outside and start walking or get on your bike. Go in one direction for just five minutes — fast when you want, slow when you want. Enjoy yourself — play — then turn around and come home. Do it again the next day, and the day after that, feeling free to gradually do more as your body allows you to.
Build some momentum by doing something small every day. Then, and only then, should you think about planning. 

Friday, December 30, 2011

A few seasonal pics from my phone

Jim & Rox at the Idaho Famous Potato Bowl where USU lost in the last 13 seconds.

Mike & Brit at botanical gardens.

Bryce & Renzee at Mike's cookie & pizza party. P.S. Mike had been suggesting we throw a Christmas party and I kept raising objections like everyone is too busy, it is too much work, the kids will be bored. Then one day he just ignored me and invited the kids over on a Saturday afternoon for pizza and cookies. It was fabulous.

Lauren being crafty at cookie & pizza party.

Zuzu at cookie & pizza party (she was having fun.. trust me).

Tyler with his ward party creation.

Bekah was begging me to take this picture.

Ellie was also very proud.

Mike with Ellie & Bekah watching Harry Potter.

Jim & Rox with Katie & Ryan barely visible in the background. We decked out the car with Christmas lights and then went to look at other people's Christmas lights. Logan let us down this year. Our own car was more festive than most houses.

Brit & Mike in Mom's Christmas Room.

Mom's incredible Christmas Room.

Sooo many gifts. We had a Brazilian spend Christmas with us and he was a bit horrified.

Ryan & Katie with a gingerbread house. It was the final piece to the gingerbread village they have been building all season. These kids are festive!