Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
I am writing you today to tell you about an upcoming event that I am participating in that is both very important and very exciting to me. It is NAMIWalks for the Mind of America, NAMI’s signature walkathon event that is being held in Salt Lake City, UT at Franklin Covey Field on September 27, 2008.
My family has put a team together in my honor in helping to understand what it is like for me everyday dealing with BiPolar. I am excited to have the opportunity to share this experience with them & to walk side by side with them for something that is so real in all of our lives. If you cannot join us I hope that you will take the time to look at the website & learn more about all that NAMI has to offer you & anyone you may know struggling with any type of mental illness.
I would like to ask you to come and walk with me or to donate to support my participation in this great event. If you would like to register to walk with me, visit my team's page at http://www.nami.org/namiwalks08/SLC/LovelyLeah. Or if you just want to make a donation to sponsor me, visit http://www.nami.org/walkdonation.cfm?id=69010. Donating online is fast and secure, and I'll get immediate notification via e-mail of your donation.
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the largest education, support and advocacy organization that serves the needs of all those whose lives are touched by these illnesses. This includes persons with mental illness, their families, friends, employers, the law enforcement community and policy makers. The NAMI organization is composed of approximately 1100 local affiliates, 50 state offices and a national office.
The goals of the NAMIWalks program are: to fight the stigma that surrounds mental illness, to build awareness of the fact that the mental health system in this country needs to be improved, and to raise funds for NAMI so that they can continue their mission.
NAMI is a 501(c)3 charity and any donation you make to support my participation in this event is tax deductible. NAMI has been rated by Worth magazine as among the top 100 charities "most likely to save the world" and has been given an "A" rating by The American Institute of Philanthropy for efficient and effective use of charitable dollars.
Thank you in advance for your support.
If you have questions about the NAMI Utah Walk, or your participation in it, please contact Mary Gully at firstname.lastname@example.org or (801) 323-9900. Remember, you may access and manage your online registration anytime by visiting www.nami.org/mynami.
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008
You can check out their website for the scores:
Eliza & I at the Great Salt Lake.....
They grow so quickly..... Easter of '06
Being silly at the family cabin
Lovin life down in Dixie!
Six months ago while sitting in m daughters maturation program the school nurse said that anyone can be a mother, but it takes someone special to be a "MOM". I do agree with her up to that point. But what she went on to sa next offended me & maybe because I didn't fit her picture. She then went on to say that you cannot become a "MOM" without finishing college, getting married & spending a couple of years alone together in your marriage together first before starting a family. With that experience than you are prepared to become a "MOM". See I got married at 19 & three months later was pregnant & only had one semester of college done. But I would have to say over the last 11+ years that I have had many moments with my children where I feel like I truly am a "MOM". I see people who are very well educated & have years behind them yet when it comes to children & how to raise them have know idea what to do. So is age & schooling really what makes you a "MOM"? Or is it how you were raised & loved & nurtured or for those who weren't raised with love do they learn to love because they yearned for it so much as a child? What truly makes you a "MOM"? I have been reading the book Latter Day Strippling Warriors by Ardeth G Kapp & she interviews a lot of the Elders & Sisters from their mission about what things did their mothers do that left lasting impressions on them. It has been so interesting to hear the simple things that effect a childs life. It has caused me to think back on m own life & my own mother & if there is a word about the home I grew up in I would say a home of laughter. We laughed so much growing up. My childhood is a happy one. That is something that a lot of children cannot say. I think of all of our family vactions in the car. We used to beg to fly. With 7 children that was a never going to happen sort of thing but still fun to dream about. But now I am so grateful we didn't because those car rides are long lasting memories of laughter. What things will my children remember about our home? If anything the one thing I try to stress the most with my children is you aren't competeing with anyone but yourself. Just try & do better than you did last time. If you are always improving yourself, that's what's important. I hate that we live in a world where we always think we need to one up someone. My beliefe is being a "MOM" has no degree or age. It has heart and love, unselfishness, unconditional love, heartbreak, lack of sleep, pain & lots of it, but most importantly, JOY! The job never ends. My "MOM" is still working at it full time and we are all out of the house & most of us married. It never ends once you you start so be prepared to hold on for the ride but the blessings & benefits last a life time & into the eternities.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
McKay & Taylor before their games. Can you tell it's 6:00am?
McKay, Cousin Aiden, & Taylor after a Saturday of football
Taylor with his buddy & quarterback on his team Cooper
This Saturday was so much better..........TAYLOR'S team played 75% better than last week. They lost 7 to 20. They worked much better as a team & Taylor was glad to come out for a couple of plays. Hopefully next week will go even better..............McKay'S game was rough. His coach that does most of the coaching was out of town on business so that was a huge strike. They have only ever worked with 2 boys as quarterbacks. McKay & then another little. Well the other little boy was playing quarterback & McKay was playing running back. The line wouldn't block & Easton (the quarterback) got hit HARD. He was down for awhile. He was out the rest of the game. McKay stepped in as quarterback. The line still wouldn't block so he gave up finally & just tucked the ball & ran to get what ever yards he could. They lost & thank goodness McKay didn't get taken out too or really would have been hurting.
But we just love going & watching them & cheering them on & grateful to them enjoy it & we are so thankful it isn't snowing YET!
I have always LOVED music. Got that from my father.
I LOVE pig tails!
I think these pants are like the funkiest you have ever seen.
This swing is at my G&G's & it's a cherished memory in my life.
This is my baby blanket that I had forever.
I mean can we say style or what?
This is my favorite school picture. It's kindergarten. Hated my teacher.
This is my famous dear family friend Matt Nolte. He is an animator for Pixar. He worked on Cars & is the head of there big movie coming out in 2011.
My Farrah Fawcett hair do
Classic not only the Flinstones but also Little Miss Shy jammies!
And here I am all these years later @ 32!
We have a tradition in my family that the night of your birthday you choose what you want for dinner. For as long as I can remember I have always wanted hamburgers. When I married Nate he has always been great to continue that. Tonight my paretns took Nate & I & the kids out to dinner @ Five Guys Burgers & Fries. They have been just back east like many other wonderful resturants & so it just opened here & we were thrilled. We had a wonderful time & I highly recommend you go. We then went & got ice cream. Thanks Dad & Mom for a fun night out!
Me having my first bite of an amazing burger!!!!!
Nate, the kids, & I at Five Guys
McKay & I enjoying some yummy ice cream
Me enjoying my 5th birthday with a yummy popcorn cake:)
Iam not sure if this is my second or third birthday but there's chocolate cake & ice cream so what more can you ask for?
So I had an AWESOME day. I spent time alone & went to lunch with Nate, got a fun call from my BFF Steph, got a sweet email from my KAK. Then we did dinner & made a Costco run. Last night we went to my in-laws & had dinner & yummy homemade peach pie;). So far I don't feel any older it just sounds so old. Some days I do feel 80 but I am thankful for each & everyday I have. I love birthdays & to think about how it seems time stands still while so much happens.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
McKay plays quarter back & running back & loves it because my dad was a quarter back But says it's too much pressure & he feels like everything is on him (he's a perfectionist)
Me still trying to figure out how the heck this game works. Is it 4 downs & how do you get them & why do they punt it when they are so far away & why don't they dive to tackel and why ..................?
So far FOOTBALL Braves Football has been a slow start. I am praying tomorrow that the boys on Taylors team wil step up to the plate or I mean line & become men for an hour. Last week they game up after the first touch down scored against them & then some of our key players all the sudden had "major injuries" & couldn't play & once the game was over they were heald. One of the parents was hugging them & the coach said "there's no hugging stop babying them" It was funny. They are in the national league so there is a lot expected of them & it will be interesting to see what tomorrow morning brings. Poor Taylor never once came out of the game but he never gave up & they had to run all of half time because they were playing so sloppy & they did play better in the 2nd half but still it was a major butt spanking.
McKay's team is doing a lot better & he is on a team of all 8 year old first year players. They have lost both their games but only by 1 touchdown not 7. His first game they played against a Bingham team & the coach got in the refs face & got a flag well that really got him going so he got another flag & then a third & finally a 4th. They brought a Sheriff over to stay by him & keep him under control. We were all busting up because it was the beginning of the first quarter & they were 3 yards from the touch down line & the ball was turned over to us. It was so funny to watch a 45 year old man watch through a temper tantrum & watch 8 year olds trying to figure out what his problem is because they are there to have fun.
So that is our football update we will keep you posted.
Okay so Eliza is going on tour June 15-19th & guess who she is going with? Not the Jonas Brothers but she is going to Disney Land. She is in a Preforming group & she is one of the 4 touring groups & they are going to Disney Land to perform several times a day for 4 days. She is so excited & cannot wait. We are hoping to make it a vacation & all be able to go & cheer her on. She will even have a solo number. So we will keep you posted on our rising star.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY & REMEMBER YOU'LL ALWAYS BE 4 DAYS OLDER THAN ME!!!!!!!!!
Monday, September 8, 2008
Me & Eliza @ the Hill Field Airforce Musem
My Grandpa Don who served in the Navy for 20+ years
Eliza, Taylor, & McKay with some soldiers who had just returned from Iraq
McKay, Taylor, Wyatt(cousin), Eliza, & Mara(cousin) @ the Hill Field Air Force Musem
With tomorrow being the 7th anniversary of the tragic day that took so many lives 7 years ago I challenge each of you to do something to honor those in your home towns who do the little things everyday to protect us & had our towns been NYC they would have been the ones on the front lines. Go to your local fire satation and take treats with your kids & your local police station & take treats. If you live close to a base then go there and take treats. Just because it has been several years doesn't mean our thanks needs to be over. We need to continue to show our thanks every day to our everyday heroes. Plus think of what a great lesson you will be teaching your children. I know everyday a emergency vehichal passes on the road I think back to when I was 12 & our home caught on fire in the middle of the night. I get so mad when people don't move over because I think of what & who is waiting for that emergency vehical to get there. So remember that too, where we have to go is never more important then where they have to go so always move over for them! Eliza sang at the State Capital for all the fallen heroes since 9/11 and said it was the needest feeling.
Colby & his Mom sharing a dance
My Uncle Donny & Aunt Becky
My little bro Devin & his wife Karissa with some kids they were taking care of
My cousins Ryan, me, Matthew, & Colby
My Gandpa Don & Grandma Bonnie & I
Eliza, Taylor, McKay & I
McKay, Coriane, Taylor, Colby, & Eliza
My little bro Devin & I