Sunday, December 30, 2007
We really enjoyed spending time with the family and remembering the true meaning of Christmas.
Also, Dennis and I started a tradition when we got married. We didn't have alot of ornaments for our first Christmas many years ago. We decided back then to buy each other an ornament every year. This year Dennis decided to be funny and bought me the biggest, ugliest, yet funny ornament I have ever seen. Just look at the picture and you will agree with me.
Thursday, December 27, 2007
I LOVE to buy new books. I enjoy snuggling up with a blanket, a cup of hot cocoa and a good book. 2 of my students gave me very generous gift cards to Borders and I went to buy some new books today. The last 2 weeks Of December at work are "child care" weeks. That pretty much means there is no curriculum and just babysitting. So, today I decided to do a movie marathon with the kids. We watched movies from 10:30a.m- 4:30p.m- stopping to eat snacks and lunch of course! The kids really enjoyed the relaxation and I really enjoyed reading 14 chapters of The Wednesday Letters- I am almost finished.
On to my Borders adventure.... I could stay in that store for HOURS- I guess its a good thing I was on my lunch break and was on a time limit. I went in the store with $60 in gift cards to spend. I am proud to say I only spent $30 of it today. I want to go see the movie P.S I Love You- we didn't make it there this weekend so I bought the book instead. I also bought- Family Wanted, Stories of Adoption- a topic that interests me at the present time. P.S I love you is a 500 page book and Family Wanted has 300. Let's see how long it takes me to finish the two. Now where is my hot cocoa?
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
TWO. Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.
THREE. Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want
FOUR. When you say, "I love you," mean it.
FIVE. When you say, "I'm sorry," look the person in the eye.
SIX. Be engaged at least six months before you get married.
SEVEN. Believe in love at first sight.
EIGHT. Never laugh at anyone's dream. People who don't have dreams don't have much.
NINE. Love deeply and passionately. Y ou might get hurt but it's the only way to live life completely.
TEN. In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.
ELEVEN. Don't judge people by their relatives.
TWELVE . Talk slowly but think quickly.
THIRTEEN. When someone asks you a question you don't want to answer, smile and ask, "Why do you want to know?"
FOURTEEN. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
FIFTEEN. Say "God bless you" when you hear someone sneeze.
SIXTEEN. When you lose, don't lose the lesson .
SEVENTEEN. Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect for others; and Responsibility for all your actions.
EIGHTEEN. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
NINETEEN. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
TWENTY. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.
TWENTY-ONE. Spend some time alone.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Friday, November 2, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
I have gone about my life so far as a go getter- I am abitious I have been told. If there is something I want, I do what I can to get it, and 99.9% of the time, I achieve it. But lately I feel that no matter how hard I try at certain things, life is out to get me. Let's just say at this point, the eternities are looking so much better to me as each say passes and one more thing adds to Tara's list of "take it in the gut!" Yesturday during my break at work, I wrote down names of friends of mine that are expecting and their due dates so that I would remember.(There are over 10 women on this list). Those friends that are expecting really don't talk to me about their pregnancies because they think it will upset me- I appreciate every willing attempt to do so but it feels like it only make matters worse- my best friend is amongst this list of ladies and she has been distant lately. I have been trying to get over the fact that Dennis and I can't have children of our own but everytime I get to a good feeling point something happens and then the feelings come back again. They are unexplainable- the pain is horrible. I feel like changing my profession because some days when I am at work playing with my students it makes me feel worse- it's like a daily reminder of my problems. Then again it's nice because I get to be a part of their lives 5 days a week.
I want to get a dog but Dennis wants to wait until we get a house with a yard so he doesn't have to get up in the middle of the night and walk it since we can't just open the door and let the dog out into the yard. I feel like every mothering opportunity has been ripped away from me- this is a basic instinct that so despretley wants to come out- this is the type of person I was born to be. How would someone who wants such a big family be denied that?
I just wake up everyday asking myself it today is going to be ok or if one more thing is going to get added to my list of things that suck in my life. Oh to add to it for the week- Dennis quit his job and is currently looking for another one- add the wait of that to my shoulders- it just seems like everytime I get the chance to get a head in life something comes along that puts me 10 steps back.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
The best part about staying at Embassey Suites is the complimentary cooked to order breakfast. You can get omletes, french toast, pancakes, sausage, bacon, hashbrowns, muffins, bagels, all kinds of fruit, and tons of juices. This was half the reason we decided to stay here again. Here is a preview of my breakfast- sorry you can't here the bag pipes playing in the background!!
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Shanna and Deanna came out to spend the weekend with us, despite Shanna's fragile condition. Poor girl threw up more times than I think I have in my life! On Saturday night we went to the Sandwich Fair with Deanna, Shanna, Josh & Nicole. It was a blast and of course Deanna was here usual cute self.
On Sunday, we got up and played with Deanna for a few hours before church ( I love having time in the morning to just lounge!) I was sitting in the living room talking to Shanna and I hear Deanna in the kitchen going " Auntie, I going to make you breakfast." So I just thought aww ain't that cute she is going to pretend. WRONG- I walk into the kitchen to find 4 pieces of bread in the toaster! Then she goes into "her" room and says she is getting dressed- She comes out in her skirt and Shanna's bra!!!! I think that was the best laugh I have ever had. My little girl is growing up so fast and she says the darndest but cuttest things! Enjoy the pics.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Saturday, September 1, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Thursday, August 9, 2007
So for now, all I can do is offer a shoulder to cry on and an ear to listen.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Today we got to go an actually walk through our new house that is almost finished!! We also got our closing date- August 16th, which means move in date will probably be August 18th. I am so excited- I felt like I couldn't start packing because it seemed so far away but now I have less than a month- so guess what I am doing to night..... packing of course. Here are a few pics from our trip out today.
Monday, July 16, 2007
Inside joke amongst our group of friends
Just the girls
Ashley swears she was born gangsta!
Wow! What a weekend. Saturday after a long day at work we ended up at Joe's girlfriend Andrea's for his grad party/send off to the Marines- its still scarey knowing that he is old enough to do so! We hung out with our friends Josh & Nicole and a few people from Church- oh what fuuny pictures we have!
We decided to take a break from life on Sunday. Yes I know we should have been at church BUT with the events that took place this last week- we NEEDED to get away from everything and have some good ole' fashion F-U-N!! We headed off to 6 Flags Great America at 9a.m with Josh, Nicole & Megan. I guess everyone else had the same idea in mind for the day because it was packed. The waterpark was AWESOME!! They have this slide called the tornado- definelty #1 on my list. It shoots you straight down this dark tube at 45mph and whips you ip the side back and forth (at about 4-5 stories high until finally you come out of the end into the pool- sorry I didn't get a picture but they have one on the sight. The wave pool was awesome followed by the "bowl" slide- which is like a toilet bowl- you go round and round until you go through the hole at the end. And last but not least- the lazy river. We had fun grabbing each other to try to direct their tube in the path of waterfalls and spraying jets. At about 5- we ventured out into the park to ride some rides. Nicole and Megan hit up the Raging Bull- an absolutely scarey lookinf rollar coaster, while Josh, Dennis and I opted for the Chubasco- spinning tea cups. Dennis got the thing spinning so fast it felt like we were upside down. Of course we couldn't leave without going on the scrambler- which in my opinion was very weak compared to the one Nicole and I rode last summer in Lake Geneva that had my face plastered to her arm 3 feet up in the air! On the drive home we swung by the temple to show our non LDS friends where we got married and talked about the importance of it- see we had a missionary moment that counts doesn't it.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Pictures- Top- bottom: The 3 Stooges: Amy, Tara & Joe: Bailey & Tara: Tara modeling the pretty centerpieces grandma made for the tables- aren't the purdy!!