Saturday, January 16, 2010

Alexander's favorite past time

This morning we had a dance party well I watched.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Friday Night with the Reeves

Last Night we celebrated Daniel's new promotion by going to Rudy's BBQ which is Texas styled BBQ it was really good but they didn't sell a single vegetable there, unless you count baked potato or corn on the cob. Before we went to dinner we went and got Daniel some new work clothes because he needed them :) He spotted these boots on Wednesday and there was only one pair left in his size. I made him wait on them because they were expensive and I wanted to do the shoe test (If you can't stop thinking about them for a day or two then you really like them) As soon as he got home from work yesterday he rushed us out the door to go get them. He put them on as soon as we got to the car. I have never seen him react to shoes this way. (He has officially experienced shoe love) I told him they look like Australian cow boy boots. They are Timberlands and 100% leather and WATER Proof. Thats right water proof not water resistant. Here they are :)
That was as exciting as the night got. Daniel put on his Nuggets game and fell asleep right away while I sat in the dinning area and did this:

Thats right I haven't put anything in a file for the last 3 months and piles of paper and whateverness had accumulated all over the house. I do this every 3 months, I take a laundry basket and travel the house and find all the unorganized junk and file it, trash it and organize. (I used to do it once a month but I have digressed) Its very therapeutic. Especially when you get to have one of these keep you company:
I didn't finish until midnight. Oh well at least its done. Then at about 2am Eva was screaming (she has been doing this a lot so I think I will stick her back in Bubbas room) she seems to hate to be alone. I have started leaving her door open and turning the hall light on (yes I tried a night light and it worked for one night only) that makes her not cry but then she starts kicking the wall because she is wide awake. I got up with her and watched a movie hoping that would do the trick. NOPE still wide awake. We are going a little crazy. She hates to be alone and hates the dark but I HATE having her in our bed she turns horizontal straight away kicks off all the covers and kicks and whacks you in the face. At least Alexander enjoys his sleep still. I didn't get to bed until 430 and then got up at 8 because Eva was awake and I came out to find this:

It made me laugh. He LOVEs his Saturday morning cartoons.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

The Key to successful New Years Resolutions

Its a no brainer really. Consistency. If you are not consistently trying to accomplish them they fade out of your memory and fail.

I wrote out my resolutions a few weeks ago and I figured I would share some on here because I find posting a resolution tends to make it easier to do because of the obligation I feel to complete it.

*put all my developed photos into albums this year ( I hate having items in boxes unless they are seasonal decorations)
*Continue with my 52 books a year
*make one afternoon a week a me hour (give myself a pedicure or whatever)
*do a project a week (the subject does not matter)
*use the camera once a day
*start to write in my journal once a week (I know what a wuss with not making it once a day but then I would be setting myself up for failure)

Those are some of my measurable resolutions. Daniel and I like to make 5 year plans. I feel like we are still too young to make 10 year plans well we could stick goals in but things are still changing so rapidly in our lives. We could make financial goals but As the cliche states "who knows what the future holds"

My theme this year is happiness. I am slowly coming to realize that happiness is indeed a state of mind. No matter your circumstances you chose whether you are happy so I tried to make resolutions that would bring me some outer shell happiness.

My personal fine year plan has changed significantly specifically: Getting a Masters degree and starting this year. Over the past few months I have pondered it over and over (I do this when I am sanding or painting, in my mind its meditation just me and my thoughts) and for my ultimate goals starting my masters this year doesn't fit.

I know I could get a masters I would work very hard and get it done that is not the issue here (never really has been the issue). I want to get a masters AND a PHD AND a SUCCESSFUL Career for when my children are grown and gone. I want to be able to give back and be passionate about what I am doing. As I pondered I looked back on going to BYU. I worked hard but I was never focused enough on my education. I always had so much going on and was constantly juggling life. I don't regret it at all but it made me realize that I want something different for when I get my masters. I want to be able to focus and do my best and be happy with my work. The problem with my years at BYU was I always knew I could have done better. So I have decided to wait until my last child starts elementary school and that year I will start my masters. That seems like FOREVER when I write it but I feel thats the way to go (who knows what the future holds though right) I realize life will still be hectic and crazy then but at least I will be able to attend classes and study without having to find a babysitter in the day to do so. Also who knows when I will have my last child. Well I have a general idea about that so I guess I do have a 10 year plan in the back of my head. Now I just need to keep my mind stimulated until then. Books Books Books conversation and then Books again.

I had a year of fun books in 2009 and I really feel I should start focusing on the area of History that I plan to master and read all the books that come out for it. After all that is what all my professors used to do keep up on all the literature. I have written way too much in this post but I needed to get it out onto paper. I guess I should go buy a new journal for that! I used to keep a great journal, well it was consistent not great but I filled my last one back in 2006 and I haven't bought a new one since! How am I supposed to keep a journal without one? I guess I didn't think that one through, Off to a store to find a new journal tomorrow!

Picture of the day:

Daniel got a promotion, this was one of his first official duties.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Last Utah post:Other

The last of the Utah pictures

We went bird watching, Daniel and I decided we would like to bird watch when we retire. Actually we decided I would work at an airlines desk and Daniel will work at a golf course. Part time of course so we can get discounts for the things we are going to want to do when its time to enjoy later adulthood.

A Crane

A bald eagle

don't know what this is

A Golden? Maybe?
My picture of the grass
My Boys
The water and grass
Bubba Chillin in the back

On the way home.
I LOVE the Mesas its such a beautiful drive if the sun is out

Pretty good pictures for a moving car (A moving car going 90 miles an hour, Daniel took this picture because I was driving, the signs said Speed monitored by aircraft yeah I didn't see any planes in the sky while I was driving).

So obviously we were in Utah over New Years. We got to spend time with almost everyone so it was a big success. Although when we got home I was exhausted from the lack of sleep. I am trying to get the house organized for the new year. Christmas is all put away but I need to work on my project and book lists for the year. I need some more book suggestions. I made my goal of 52 books last year in fact I read even more and didn't read a single book in December but now I need more books. I am going to try to start with Ella Enchanted if I can find it at the library and I am trying to finish my Tolkien Reader.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Our Utah Trip: Bowling

While in Utah we went bowling with all the Reeves' that were in Utah.
Alexander had a very difficult time figuring out taking turns.
He was all smiles
Then this every single time until we only had 2 turns left.
I was ready to go to the car and sit in there with him because he was a psycho.
Luckily his Grandma had a lot more patience
than I did and sat with him to help him learn turns.

He finally got it and he was happy.
He loved bowling with Ethan and he especially
loved the balls coming out of the machine.

He really got the hang of it here.
He even got two strikes.
Eva was also a handful the whole time
but luckily Opa had patience with herand Grandma too
She also loved the balls and even picked one up.

Here we all are bowling in the disco lights
Cameron felt the need to show his tonsils :)
and there we all are again, Andrew is the one bowling.
Jenny killed us all with her skills and won the trophy
My children were by far the worst behaved children in the Universe.
I still had fun though which is a new concept
for me when my children are acting crazy.
Now I want to try bowling because I had so much fun.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Our Utah Trip: Sledding

We did many things in Utah but I will just post pictures and you can see for your self.

Ethan and Alexander having a blast
Alexander had this smile the whole time
Kristen and Geoff
Carly and Andrew
Daniel and Andrew with Eva and Alexander

Waiting for the next person to go
Eva's mode of transportation
She LOVED it
She sat very still
Cameron sledding into Daniel and Eva (don't worry no one got hurt in this photo :) )

Garrett right after he caught 3 feet of air on the sled

Ethan, Alexander and Daniel, just look at their faces and you see it all

Roslyn Sledding with her feet in, smart girl.

Ethan sliding down not even looking where he is going, what a daredevil

Geoff and Ethan, where to go next?

Eva sledding with her dad
Grandma, Eva and Ethan look how happy they all are,
even with the snow spraying up at them.
Then there was the white washing.
Alexander was still laughing and happy after his 10th whitewash

I believe Jenny's hair got frozen from all the white washing

Then I got white washed, my first and last time.

It was so much fun. Both Eva and Alexander's first time and they LOVED it. I LOVED being the photographer and not sledding, I will make a mental note for next time.

P.S I LOVE the new camera.