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Friday, May 8, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!  

My friend Carissa and I first posted this video as part of our entry in the HP Magic Giveaway contest. I wanted to post it again for Mother's Day as a reminder of how amazing you mothers are. You give life. You comfort and take pride in your children. You lead the way, teach, share, and love. And you do all this on the good and the not-so-good days—while balancing your many roles and figuring out the secrets of motherhood success all without a guidebook. You rise above life's challenges with resiliency and determination, committed to do it all over again day in and day out because of an absolute love for your family. And, as evidenced by the many kind acts of service you've performed, you also take on your role of motherhood while serving others. In short, you are changing the world one mom at a time, starting with yourself, while focusing on your family, as well as extending your reach to your community and beyond.

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All pictures in the video are used with permission from Flickr.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Photo Story Fri.: Father & Son Outdoors Gardening Adventure!  

Today, father and son put aside the news. They forgot about the Swine Flu! They put aside their thoughts on the bad economy and its impact on our family! And they went outdoors and started turning over a little dirt and planting a few seeds. Goodbye depressing news. Hello happiness! Let spring and the gardening season begin!

Here's Troy gardening in his Crocs. Thanks George G. Smith, Jr. for the gift certificate! Did you know people gardened in Crocs?

And here's Leo getting down and dirty!

What are you doing to enjoy the warmer weather?

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

"Tina, You Fat Lard! Come Get Your Dinner!"  

Yesterday, I rounded the corner leading up the hill into my neighborhood—my neighborhood in one of the biggest cities in Utah, not in some small rural area. And... straight ahead of me was a llama walking intently up the hill right in the middle of the road. I slowed down. Stopped. Did about three double takes. And, started laughing hysterically.

I can't confirm whether I was laughing about the llama in the road or my great memories of watching Napoleon Dynamite... especially when I watched it with my entire family at our last Johnson family vacation to Mt. Rushmore. Oh! Did I mention we watched it in Spanish with English subtitles? Great memories!

Anyway... this llama laughter moment made me realize that life is far too serious and how important it is to take advantage of every good moment, however small or short lasting they may be. Too much crap tries to work its way in and fill the nooks and crannies of our lives. And seriously, life is too short to not stop and laugh at the llamas!

I hope you all have a great day filled with small, yet funny, moments!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Do You Love Your Wedding Ring?  

How do you feel about your wedding ring? Every time you look at it do you fall in love all over again? Is it something you'd be proud to pass on to a special daughter or daughter-in-law? Or, are you waiting for that perfect 10th or 20th anniversary when you'll finally be able to get the ring of your dreams?

For 12 years, I have been wearing a gold wedding ring. I love the style. But... for 39 years, I have hated gold jewelery. I have never purchased any gold jewelery in my life. So why I would choose a gold wedding ring. I will never know. And no, this isn't a picture of my ring. All of those who know me realized that the second you saw the tanned skin ;).

Then last week, I met Trevor of Goldsmith Co. Jewelers in Provo, UT (my temporary home town) and as I was explaining my predicament, he offered to clean and plate my ring in white gold for free.

I quickly called Troy to ensure he wouldn't have heart failure over my decision to change the ring that bound us forever (LOL!). He didn't seem to mind. I am now wearing the ring I was always supposed to have.
(Note: Taking close-up images with your iPhone is not recommended as a great way to showcase your new, beautiful ring!)

The funny, yet not surprising part... when I came home and asked the hubster what he thought... all you women know exactly what his opinion was... he couldn't tell the difference between the before and after. Are you kidding me???
Men will be men!

But the jewelery fest doesn't end there...
A couple of nights ago, I attended a Red Carpet event for about 30 UT bloggers with my new BFFs at Goldsmith Co. Jewelers. Some were friends I had hung with before... Others were new friends... Some were friends of friends...

And all were amazing...
even my new friend, the Pandora bracelet... the hottest trend in charm bracelets. I'm dying to get one of these babies.

Eleven of the bloggers that attended the event are running giveaways on their blogs right now for the chance to win a $50 gift card to Goldsmith Co. Jewelers. You can enter all of their giveaways, but you may only win once. Also, you must either be able to claim your prize by Saturday, May 9 by visiting the Goldsmith Co. Jewelers store in Provo, UT or you must have a friend or family member that can claim it for you. The good news? You could use the money to put toward one of these amazing bracelets!

And... if you are like me and never win any giveaways, here is a simple way to be a winner... Just download and print off this coupon...

...take it into Goldsmith Co. Jewelers in Provo, UT by Saturday, May 9, and enjoy a FREE strand of fresh water pearls for you or your daughter!

While this coupon specifies one per person, as many people as are interested may print it out and take it in. So, pass it along to all your best guys friends and brothers so they have the perfect Mother's Day gifts for their wives! Your friends will love you!

And, since you know I probably won't write again until after Mother's Day... please make sure and enjoy a wonderful day, pamper yourselves, marvel at your children, and hug your hubbies :).