Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Our Roadtrip to Boise for the Rock & Worship Roadshow (Alfie Boe AND the Elizabeth Smart Foundation)

So, I had posted before about our Roadtrip that we would be taking to Boise this weekend - because we love music, the kids needed a trip, and (Really) It was Crowder and Mercy Me! :)  The trip was AWESOME!  And here are some of our pictures from the awesomeness!

 LOL - So, we had a wonderful surprise for the kiddos - they didn't know it but we had already purchased the tickets for the show.  They thought that we had to dash up to Boise so that we could purchase them at the door.


We, seriously - are much craftier than they give us credit for being.  Anyway, we got in and WE WERE IN THE FRONT ROW!  No kidding.  I could see the stubble on David Crowder's face!  Before the show began they did an entire question and answer segment - which was stinkin' awesome! :)  And then the show finally began.  .   .

I don't necessarily know if I had a very favorite act.  I mean, they were all pretty amazing by their own right.  Jamie Grace - funny as heck.   Group 1 Crew - surprisingly fun to watch.  Jon and Valerie Guerra - SO awesome.  I Am They - She loves to clap.  Matt Maher - better live than on video. . .
 Really, the entire concert had a different feel to it.  There were many prayers said - uplifting music played - and money going to charities.  The whole concert was amazing.  Crowder was awesome!  He had a few technical difficulties, but his stage hand was super awesome and got things fixed - and David Crowder didn't miss a beat at all - he just kept on playin' like there wasn't a problem at all.
 Seriously - Jammin'.
 His song (which I Have posted before) Come as you are, was probably only 1 of 2 that brought tears to my eyes.  He just sings it with such heart, you can feel the words.  If you don't feel them then you must not have a heart. (Kidding) (no, maybe I am not.) ((Dangit, go listen to it again and cry!))
 Then there was MercyMe - his testimony was amazing to hear.  And it was even better that there was a realization that just because you have a testimony does not mean that it stops there.  The understanding that you gain as you continue to build your relationship with your heavenly father on this earth is amazing - and it's what gets this guy through the day.  (As it should be what gets us all through the day).
 So, all together the RWRS15 was truly an experience like none other that we have been to as a family. (And we have gone to many concerts as a family).  :)

 Then we had to book it out of Idaho for a soccer game on Saturday (Which I am proud to announce was against DFC in Indoor - that's Nathan's Team) and Boca won. So, the weekend was going pretty strong for our family - lots of positives.  Little did the children know that we had other surprises in store for them. We had told them that we were going to visit grandma Healey this weekend too (After all , it was a road trip - right?)

But little did they know that we would make a stop in Provo to see... none other than Alfie Boe!  For another Charity Concert (The Elizabeth Smart Foundation and Operation underground Railroad)  Oh sure, D-man was a little disappointed that we weren't going to grandma's house, but he immediately got over it as we watched many of the "Stars of Utah" perform.  Gentri was AWESOME!  And Alfie?  AMAZING as well!  :)  The roadtrip weekend was a phenomenal success!  If you don't have the following albums (or if you have not upgraded your musical choices - might I suggest the following bands:
Alfie Boe
Mercy Me
Jamie Grace
Group 1 Crew
Jon Guerra
I Am They
Tedashii (If you like Hip Hop - he was pretty sweet)
Matt Maher
Kendra Lowe
Jenny Oaks Baker and finally

Enjoy the new upgraded playlist that I am putting out there for you - trust me - you'll be feeling uplifted in no time. :)

Monday, March 16, 2015

The Recent Weather in Utah

The recent weather in Utah has left much to be desired.  I mean, seriously - One day I am out to take my daily walks, and the next day I am bundled up like a blizzard is comin' in.  In fact, just a little over 2 weeks ago this was the scene in the same day - same hour - 20 miles between locations:

The first shot was at my house, the next shot was at school in Salt Lake - One place covered in lovely snow (Which I have MISSED ALL DANG WINTER LONG) and the other, hardly a sprinkle.  It has been like this ALL dang Winter Long!

So, today is the first day of Spring - and it has already been fairly warm outside... but this morning there was (Once again) frost on the windshield of my car!  Oh why, oh why, won't the weather just make up its mind so that I can move on with things!  I would either like to go capri shopping or buy a parka - but not have to wear both in the same day.  I mean, I feel the need for flip flops and yet, I can't put them on for fear of frostbite in March!

The Land of the "Greatest Snow on Earth" didn't have much of it this winter - and that really sucked - but it doesn't need to pile it all on now that the rest of us are getting ready for spring - know what I mean?  And on a side note - isn't my home just the most adorable winter palace?  I love my house. :) Anyway - Ya'll have a great week!

Happy Birthday to you - Dad!

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This year, my family got together to have a Birthday Party for my dad - to celebrate his 65th birthday.  Here is a book that we made for him to celebrate!  We hope that you had a very happy birthday Dad!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

I love to see the Temple - I went there just last night...

This is a picture that I took last night after my session at the temple - is't it beautiful. I haven't been to the temple in some time, but it was my goal this year to try to make it at least once a month - because the Misses was out of town for the day, I worked hard all day on my homework (and the house) and I rewarded myself with some quiet time at the Ogden Temple.

It Truly is beautiful in there, and when I finally got to the Celestial room I remembered what D-man had said to me on our walk through the Open House.  He said, "Mom!  I never want to leave this place!"  As I sat there last night trying to get my bearings and struggling with the cacophony of feelings that I have been experiencing over the last few weeks, it was nothing short of apparent that he was right.  The feelings that are present in this room of solitude are such that I did not want to leave.  I love to see the temple - I love the way that I feel when I am there - I love the focus that It brings to me and the comfort that is present.

So, though D-man doesn't read my blob, I would still like to thank him for his words that reflected to me last night - "I never want to leave this place".

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Feeling like a Whiner today - so, I am going to whine here.

Ok- so this is not really me... but if you could put a face to my wining rant today, this is what (I personally think) I would look like.

I have a problem (Or so I feel that it's a problem).  It's an issue that many married women experience,.., and some get through it while others don't.  I am right in the middle - some days I get through it, and other days I would rather sit here and just whine about it.

Apparently, my "Misses" is a boy.  A kid?  A young "Misses" at heart?  I don't know... but the point of it really is that sometimes his emotional level, and attention span, seem to rival that of a 13 year old.  Most of the time I am alright with it - I just continue to go on doing the things that I need to do and I work around him.  But sometimes, sometimes I wonder exactly what I have gotten myself into.

So, then there come days like today when I just want to sit and whine about it.  I feel overwhelmed - I feel like I am doing so many things - (School, work, kids, house cleaning, bills - the list continues).  and then I look and see that he has just succeeded in winning another (In my mind) pointless video game.  I think to myself, "There are so many things to do around the house - there are so many thing that you could be doing with your time instead of THAT".  I think, "Ugh - our vehicles are not registered and he can't take the time to take care of it?  Just one more thing that I will have to put on my plate and handle."  All the while he is going through a series of emotions about whether or not a level didn't have the right kind of guns or ammo to pick up.  

As I hear a string of expletives range from his mouth I question things about my choices.  As I move through this life by myself I question my choices.  I go to activities alone, I go to church (2/3 of the time) alone, I hang out with friends, alone.  I didn't get married to be alone, but the longer that I go the more that it feels that way.  I am not always alone - but it just seems that he would rather focus his time, not on building relationships and memories, but winning the next Duke Nukem.  

Sometimes, it feels like (When things have to get done) that it's such a chore for him.  If he works in the yard for 3 hours, then he will reward himself by doing nothing the rest of the day.  He says "It's my day off! I don't want to have to do all of this stuff!  I need a break!  I need rest and relaxation!"  and I think, "Well, 2 hours of R&R should be sufficient" (Mostly because that's all I ever seem to get sometimes - while he's resting, I am finishing up what was left to get done.).  I get a sense of satisfaction when things are completed that I do not get otherwise, and yet he seems to be completely opposite.  

When he does work, he does a fabulous job - but if he is distracted by games, tv's, movies, or his phone - well - good luck getting anything else done.  (at least without a begrudging attitude.)

Now, I know that I am not alone - and this is not to say that he does not help out - or that he doesn't get anything at all done.  It's just me whining about the circumstances of THIS particular day.  (Ok, and a few others before it.)  

Really, the overall issue within this rant is that one line about relationships and how I did not get married to be alone.  I see the problem - I see the contributing factors - and I hate them all.  Doesn't it sound so needy, though, to say "Hi, sir, you married me... and it would be really nice if this were a partnership where I wasn't alone."  It's not that I am not independent - I am.  But sometimes it would be so nice to have someone that would want to go and do things - without complaint.  (We won't even mention how dreadful bowling is... seriously, it's just a game.  No need to jump off of the deep end here.)  Anyway, it's not always like this, but some days I am just a serious whiner.  I will finish what I need to do and move forward - but it's nice to have a place where I can get my rant out there in the world.  Sometimes, that's all that is needed.