Monday, October 31, 2011

Trick or Treat


Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Happy Birthday Shout Out

Today this boy is Eleven!!
Eleven, eleven I tell you.
I have to keep saying eleven, eleven because it seems like just yesterday he was just a wee one!

Happy Birthday, Big Guy!
Love you so!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

I'm Walking, I'm Walking

And I'm stopping right here in Kansas City, Missouri
at Arrowhead Stadium for the 
2011 Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk & Festival
It will be "two much fun!"

Friday, October 28, 2011

Leavin' on a Jet Plane

Headed to see these three:
Yes, it's true......I'm on my way!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

When I Listen With My Heart

Sunday was our Primary Program.  We are small in number but we were mighty in spirit.  And this song has forever found a place in my heart.

If I had been a little child when Jesus lived on earth,
I would have liked to walk with Him and listen to His words,
But as I search the scriptures I can hear His words of peace,
And if I listen with my heart I hear the Savior's voice.

I hear a living prophet speak the things that Christ would say
If He were here upon the earth to talk with me today.
The prophet teaches how to live in righteousness and peace,
And if I listen with my heart I hear the Savior's voice.

I feel the Holy Spirit as He teaches truth and right.
He comforts me in times of need; He testifies of Christ.
He speaks to me in quiet ways that fill my soul with peace,
And if I listen with my heart I hear the Savior's voice.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

And the Oscar goes to.......

Some call her Birdie...
but for the time being you can call her Sandy....
(not to be confused with Alfalfa from Little Rascals)
Coming in December 2011
Birdie starring as Sandy in the play Annie!
You won't want to miss this!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The New Math

We all know how much I love numbers.  Not math necessarily, just numbers.  And this number is fantastic.  

Check it out.
and to that I say WAHOOOOO!

Monday, October 24, 2011

My 21

Inasmuch as this is the month of 31 for 21 I’ve decided to prepare a list of my own 21.  So here are my 21 things that I think are the best part about being a grandparent.

1.            There are 13 of them;
2.           The oldest 8 and the youngest 1 (oh how I love to share that part);
3.           They always (at least so far) love to see us;
4.           Sometimes they prefer me over Mom (I’m a push over);
5.           I can sugar them up and then turn them over to Mom and Dad;
6.           Diapers aren’t my responsibility;
7.           I might say yes, when Mom and Dad might say no;
8.           Getting to travel to visit them;
9.           Having them visit us;
10.       I learn from them;
11.         Reading to them;
12.       Having them sharing their accomplishments;
13.        Watching them sing and dance;
14.       Receiving artwork from them;
15.        All their hugs and kisses;
16.       Their goodness;
17.        Watching them play with each other;
18.       Playing games with them;
19.       They are just so perfect (in my eyes);
20.      Watching their parents raise them;
21.       I’m their SuSu!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Getting Along

"The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them."
~~Isaiah 11: 6

Saturday, October 22, 2011


Saturday is a special day.  It's a day we get ready for Sunday.  But it can also be a day we just have to sit back and recharge and maybe even do nothing.  Sometimes that nothing is better than something.  I think today I need a day of that kind of something!  Or I could spend the afternoon celebrating this girl's birthday.

Happy Birthday Cute Girl!

Friday, October 21, 2011

On Guard

We have rules about our pantry...
No one enters without first asking Belle!!

Thursday, October 20, 2011


Today is my 600th post since diving into this blog world on September 24, 2008.  My beginning was rocky at best. But with time and motivation like "31 for 21" I've come to enjoy the challenge of daily blogging.  Last October I thought maybe in 2011 I should challenge myself to blog everyday.  Could I really stick to it?  So for practice I blogged all of October, November and December of 2010, it wasn't so hard.  Then 2011 hit and I jumped in with both feet.  Each month with a different theme.  And with the help of my wonderful "widget maker" I was off.  Today is my 389th consecutive post.  I have 72 more posts to go to complete this year's challenge to myself.  Wahoo!  I'm already starting to think about 2012 and how I will change things up!
My Blog Stats
2008 - 40 Posts
2009 - 65 Posts
2010 - 198 Posts
January - 32 Posts
February - 28 Posts
March - 33 Posts
April - 30 Posts
May - 31 Posts
June - 31 Posts
July - 31 Posts
August - 31 Posts
September - 30 Posts
October - 20 Posts and counting

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


First off I just have to say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery So that said when I read this on D1’s  blog, "Fair is where you get cotton candy"

I knew I had the perfect picture!

So how about this: 
"when life gives you unfair make cotton candy!!"

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Over and Over and Over

Sometimes I see and hear things and I just can't stop watching them.  I'll listen over and over and over again.  Like this!
(Fair warning, you won't be able to stop watching this!)

Monday, October 17, 2011

So Advice

Make firm plans and then be flexible. 
We will enjoy the journey of life so much more when we are willing to change.

(from The Spoken Word)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Great Commandment

"When we love the Lord, obedience ceases to be a burden. Obedience becomes a delight. When we love the Lord, we seek less for things that benefit us and turn our hearts toward things that will bless and uplift others."
~~Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin

Saturday, October 15, 2011

All Dressed Up ....

With No Place to Go!

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Change

Last week it was raining and the temperature was mostly chilly.  I even told Mr. Man we had to turn on the heater (something we try to avoid until at least November) because it was freezing in the house.  He complied.  Then there’s today and it’s almost 90!  
Mother Nature are you going through the change?

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Rough Draft

I remember learning in elementary school that no assignment, report or project was ever written without first preparing a rough draft.  Many times we had to turn our rough draft in so it could be reviewed and corrected before preparing our final draft for the “grade.”  I in turn taught (or encouraged) my children to never write a paper without first preparing that rough draft so I could review and correct it for them; after which they could then write the final paper clean and neat and hopefully with little or no spelling or punctuation errors.  Today’s computers have certainly helped a lot with this process.  But still to this day when writing anything I always write a rough draft first, I can’t help myself.  If I’m sending a note or even a birthday card, I always write down what I want to say on another piece of paper before actually writing it on the card.  Even with this blog many times I write it out in another format before transferring it to the blog.  Sometimes I just have to sit on it for a day or two to make sure what I’ve written comes out right.  I know I’m funny that way.  But that’s just how I do my best!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Do you ever email files to yourself so you can work on them from another computer?  If you do Dropbox is for you.  When you use Dropbox you always have your stuff at hand.  Dropbox is a free service (up to 2G free) that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily, with family, friends, co-workers, whoever you want.  Use an iPad or an iPhone?  No problem, there is a Dropbox app!  Of course!  I love it. (They don’t know I love them but I do) 
Don’t delay click here and get Dropbox today.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011

So Advice

Measure twice...
Cut once!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Forget Me Not

I love these words of wisdom from President Dieter F. Uchtdorf 
at the recent General Relief Society Meeting.

"First, forget not to be patient with yourself.
Second, forget not the difference between a good sacrifice and a foolish sacrifice.
Third, forget not to be happy now.
Fourth, forget not the “why” of the gospel.
Fifth, forget not that the Lord loves you."
Read more here!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

In the Face of Death

"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life," he said. "Because almost everything - all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important."
Steve Jobs 
2.24.55 -10.5.11

"Sad we don't live that way in life and not just in the face of death." me 

Friday, October 7, 2011

The Thirteen

What makes me special is

13 under 8
Now. That’s. Great!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Some Days

Some days I just need to laugh.  
And this did it for me!

No this is NOT Kala!
But I think she needs this!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

D s or D S

D s = Down syndrome 
there's ......
D S = Delightfully Special 

We prefer the latter.  
The reasons are obvious, 
wouldn't you say!?!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The World Calls It

Down syndrome.  It is named after John Langdon Down, the British physician who described the syndrome in 1866.  Down syndrome occurs when an individual has three, rather than two, copies of the 21st chromosome.  This additional genetic material alters the course of development and causes the characteristics associated with Down syndrome.

So, so much more has been written about Down syndrome.   But really for me all I need to know is that I love these two faces!  How. Could. You. Not!

Monday, October 3, 2011


Gratefully every six months we spend the weekend listening and watching this.  It is always the boost I need to get me through until the next conference in April.  It always amazes me that each time I listen I find that there is something said that seems to be directed right at me.  It is fortifying, it is uplifting, it is something I can't live without!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

This Month of October

So this month of October is the month we
Raise Awareness
Join in. You'll be glad you did.
Click here to join in and get this button. 
I'm number 96.
What is your number?

Saturday, October 1, 2011

31 for 21

Well the month of learning has flown by.  And what I've learned from that is time waits for no one and that there is still a lot to learn.  And now we are on to October, can you believe it!?!  What I really can't believe is that it was in 2008 I took the challenge to participate in 31 for 21.  2008!  In looking back, this is what I wrote on day two of that challenge!  It stands true today so I share again!

"Well the challenge is on and today is only day two. I have put in a 12+ hour work day and could easily call it a day but I love a challenge and so for day two of this 31 day challenge I would like to share this thought.

“There comes a time when you must make yourself that person you want to become; work, progress, and rejoice in the change.” 

I received this “thought” in a Relief Society meeting over 25 years ago; it is still posted on the wall in my office after all these years. And after all these years I’m still working and progressing and yes, I do rejoice in the changes and wonderful blessings I have been given as I have tried to become the person I want to be!"