Wednesday, February 09, 2011

What Have I Been Up To?

FYI, this is long post and considered personal journaling. Do not feel like you need to read it. Pictures and more frequent updates will be coming soon!

I've decided that it is high time to get my rear in gear and start blogging again. I have been a pretty good journaler (is that a word?) for most of my life. But, I have also had periods of times where I recorded nothing. One of those times was when I was engaged and got married. I guess I was so focused on the wedding, finishing school, and spending every waking moment with Jarom, that I just forgot to write about it. (Honestly, I was probably too exhausted to even pick up the pen.) I regret SO much not having those precious months written down to go reread over and over again. I don't want to regret missing something now in the future, so here I go, rededicating myself to blogging/journaling.

So, WHAT did happen in the month of January? Well, I turned 35. I like 35. It's a good number and I like how I feel. I wish I didn't have quite so many grey hairs, and a whole lot less poundage around the middle, but I'm okay with who I am. Doesn't mean I don't have things to work on and improve, but I think I'm at a good place.

I had a great birthday. We went out as a family and saw Mega Mind and got Chinese for dinner. Then Jarom and I went with some friends and saw True Grit. (Two movies in one day was fabulous.) Jarom bought German Chocolate Cupcakes from The Cocoa Bean - which are SOOO YUMMY (and I probably ate 6 over the coarse of the weekend- hmmm poundage around the middle?). He also bought me the right number of gifts for the kids to each give me something. Carter had NO idea what his gift to me was. He kept saying, "Please be a board game! Please be a board game!" Not sure if he quite understood the gift was really FROM him, not for him. It was too funny, and no it wasn't a board game, but some new pants. I got fun necklaces from each of the girls aka Jarom.

In January, I also got released from Primary Chorister. Very bittersweet for me. That is one of my all time favorite callings in the church and I was so comfortable doing it. I am now the Relief Society Meeting Coordinator. Basically, I just make sure the monthly adult women's activity goes over smoothly. When the bishop asked me if I would take this new calling, I told him I was a little bit afraid. I can teach and speak in front of kids all day long, but their mama's scare me. Stupid I know, but true. My bishop, who is also a good friend of ours, said, "Look, I wake up every day feeling stretched to my max. So if you're looking for sympathy you're talking to the wrong guy." Totally made me laugh. I think it was the best bishop's interview I've ever had.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland spoke in Jarom's parents' stake. Jarom's dad also spoke and we were lucky enough to get to attend the meeting. I LOVE to hear him speak. He is so passionate about his beliefs. I think we need to hear a good finger pointing, raised voice, pulpit pounding speech once in a while. I loved how he talked about hard times and enduring them. He likened it to being on a boat in the middle of the ocean during a bad storm. THAT is not the time jump out of the boat and try to doggy paddle our way out of the storm. Rather we need to hunker down and hang on with everything we've got.

I read several great books, "Room", "Unbroken", and "The Princess Bride", all of which I loved. I really, really love to read and have to be careful so as this love doesn't become a vice.

Carter lost a tooth and fully believes that he got "a whole dollar and not just 2 dimes" because he slept in his bed the whole night. (He got a dollar for the last tooth too, but it was in quarter form. Apparently not nearly as impressive as a bill.)

Alyssa joined the jr high swim team and has spent 3 days a week in the pool. She is getting SO great at swimming and I love to watch her. I love knowing that she can swim so well, and hope that if her mother needs her aid someday, she'll be able to save me from drowning. (Yah....I don't swim so good.) Aside from my lungs burning from breathing in the chlorine, I really find swim practice relaxing. I bring a good book, and settle in for the hour watching the kids do lap after lap after lap.

I think these things are what January mostly consisted of. LIfe really hasn't been all that exciting and I didn't pull out the camera much, but I really want to get back on the blog updating/picture taking band wagon. Here's hoping for a better February in that regard!


Mama Williams said...

I know what you mean. Not much blog worthy in Jan. Just busy being a wife, mom, etc. Post holiday blues, but horray for Feb! Bring on the chocolate!

Jennifer said...

I had to laugh when I read what the bishop told you. When I got called to be the ward choir director, I felt extremely unqualified and was worried that me having to work on Sunday on occasion would interfere. He kind of chuckled and told me that if he could balance being on call as a doctor and being the bishop, I could probably juggle my responsibilities also. Ha ha! And, that's just what I needed to hear.

Anonymous said...

Oh my, you being released from being a primary choirster. I am sad. I remember when you first started with that calling. You did such a great job. I still remember John the Baptist baptizing Jesus. How creative you are, amazes me. I know it may by the instructions the church has require us to follow, but I really enjoyed the primary music even more. You and Deanna Poulsen are awesome with the children. I felt like myself. I never got a chance to be in primary, because I was introduced to the church till I was 18 years old. I know you will do great in the Relief Society as thier coordinator. Creativity is a gift; you will never escape from, in my eyes. Sure miss you all, in the Rose Park Family.

AUNT BETTY said...

Whoosh! I am so relieved you didn't decide to stop blogging, it is definitely a taste of home for me and I absolutely love your blogs and reading/seeing what you are all up to. Happy belated birthday! Congratulations on a great outlook on getting older!

Janelle said...

Oh good- I was getting worried- where is Elena? My google reader was getting worried too :)

becky ward said...

hooray! so glad you are back. and you summed up january so well. i loved when elder holland talked about the boat in a strom too. thanks for summing it up so well. welcome back!

Brenda said...

Thanks for a little motivation. I hope you had a fabulous birthday, and I love the journaling. You are a funny girl and it is great to hear what is going on with you and your family!!

Lee Ann said...

So glad you're back! Glad you had a great 35. It's been good to me - but almost gone :) Sounds like a perfect day!

Natalie and Quin said...

As I read this, I could totally hear your voice as if you were speaking it :-). Good advice all around, I love what your bishop said and Elder Holland!