Friday, November 20, 2009

I've come to realize...

(Alyssa tagged me.)

-link to the person who tagged you, and post the rules on your blog
-complete the 36 "I've come to realize" statements
-choose friends to tag and link them at the bottom of the post
-let each person know they've been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog

1. I've come to realize that my chest-size... is something some people pay a lot of money to have, lol.

2. I've come to realize that my job... (s) help fulfill my need to create music.

3. I've come to realize that when I'm driving... I love driving stick.

4. I've come to realize that I need.... more me time, love Zumba (starting that up again soon hopefully)

5. I've come to realize that I have lost... my want to be tan, being healthy is better.

6. I've come to realize that I hate it when...People swear.

7. I've come to realize that if I'm drunk... then someone must have spiked my drink.

8. I've come to realize that money... does not a happy person make.

9. I've come to realize that certain people... will never learn.

10. I've come to realize that I'll always missing someone.

11. I've come to realize that my sibling(s)... are growing up.

12. I've come to realize that my mom... is one tough cookie.

13. I've come to realize that my cell phone... is getting old, man I need new one.

14. I've come to realize that when I woke up this morning... I didn't want to get up, I just wanted to spend the morning snuggling my hubby instead of going to work.

15. I've come to realize that last night before I went to sleep... I went through the normal routine, tuck in then kick my left foot/leg out, pull a blanket up to my face and cuddle into Joe, get a goodnight kiss or two then sleep.

16. I've come to realize that right now I am thinking... it's hard to think of all the things I've come to realize.

17. I've come to realize that my really hard, and knows how to play hard too.

18. I've come to realize that when I get on Facebook... I check out everyone's pages, but I don't write on my friends walls as much as I should.

19. I've come to realize that today... for giggling.

20. I've come to realize that tonight... is the last night I teach before Thanksgiving break.

21. I've come to realize that tomorrow... I will sleep in, and then have a productive day.

22. I've come to realize that I really want to... be the best person I can possibly be.

23. I've come to realize that the person who is most likely to repost this is... I really don't know.

24. I've come to realize that life... is completely unpredictable.

25. I've come to realize that this weekend... won't be long enough.

26. I've realized the best music to listen to when I am upset... is nothing.

27. I've come to realize that my friends... are very valuable.

28. I've come to realize that this year... has gone by really fast.

29. I've come to realize that my ex... and I were wrong for each other, but we are each happily married now.

30. I've come to realize that maybe I should... clean my room soon.

31. I've come to realize that I love... my little family of Joe and I, plus our kitty.

32. I've come to realize that I don't understand... why bad things happen to good people.

33. I've come to realize my past... has everything to do with who I am today.

34. I've come to realize that parties...are fun, and family parties and the best.

35. I've come to realize that I'm totally terrified... of never becoming a mother.

36. I've come to realize that my life... is hard, and somewhat amazing.

I tag, well anyone who feels like doing this.


National Adoption Month/ Day

This is the actress from my Big Fat Greek Wedding (LOVE that movie) love her, she is speaking about adoption. Amazing. YOU need to watch this!

There is another article about her HERE love it!

Here's a snippet:
" husband Ian Gomez and I adopted a little girl.

...not because an adopted child seems to be the latest Hollywood must-have accessory. But because, after ten years of banging my head against the brick wall of infertility, I accepted there was another plan for me. And (cue music swell) motherhood turned out to be the most meaningful thing I've ever done with my life. Really.

It wasn't easy to adopt an American child. Actually it's quite simple, but finding out how to do it was the hard part.

I tried many routes that fell through or didn't work out. Then I waited on many lists. The phone didn't ring.

Later, I was put in touch with a lawyer who works with, how shall I put this daintily... known people in my industry, and was informed I could be put at the top of The List and "have an infant within three days." But didn't that mean I would be moving someone down the list? Someone who had waited? Yeah, wrong.

I didn't know what to do. So, I kept asking questions.

A common misconception is that to get a kid you just have to go to another country and be as pretty as Angelina Jolie. As studio executives and movie reviewers have informed me again and again -- I'm not.

So I asked -- don't we have orphanages in the States? I found out no, we don't. But we do have 500,000 kids in foster care. 129,000 are legally free for adoption and waiting for a family. I was stunned.

I realized there was simply no reason to not adopt an "older child." Why not? 129,000 legally free children with no home? In a white hot moment, I knew this was what I had been waiting for.

And now I want to write that it was really easy. But, no. No, it wasn't."

I am loving Adoption month and hoping to be a better advocate for Adoption


Sunday, November 15, 2009

FSA Conference/ road trip

As you know I had a road trip through Portland for the Families Supporting Adoption Conference, it was amazing I learned way too much to have included in this post. But I loved it and it was totally worth a road trip alone. The drive was lovely, the colors of fall are so vibrant in Oregon (Wa. Too) it's been so long since I have experienced a real fall. I was driving in and out of rain storms, I saw more rainbows than I can count.

So, I got to stay with these people:
you can check out her post on it HERE, I love how she describes how she knows me, and yes it's true we stayed up 'til 2 am chatting, it was fun! :)

Sierra Seth & Porter

And meet this cutie for the first time:

Then after the conference I stayed with these people

My Aunt Kim, Uncle Shane and Carly Brooke Macey Isaac and Paige

Funny story, I showed up minutes (literally) after they left for a roadshow, I was tired and hungry so after phone calls between my mom my grandma and another aunt I had the code to the garage to get in and I took myself out to eat. So I changed into PJ's and talked to Joe and then slept for an hour before Kim called and let me know they were on their way back. Then I had a slumber party with 4 out of 5 of those cute kids. Our sleeping arrangement was hilarious. They have a sectional couch downstairs that's where we slept, I slept in the bend, Isaac on the floor, Brooke cuddling a leg, Macey by my head, a hand in my hair for a long while, and Paige on top of or next to me. (she is 4, and was very serious when she said she wanted to sleep with me) at one point in the night she had kicked Brooke in the head so we moved her to the floor, a while later I woke up to that cutie hitting me in the face with a pillow and hearing her cute voice "Shaylee, I want to sleep WITH you!" Believe it or not I slept really well.

Although I wasn't planning on it I went to sacrament meeting with them (Brooke and Macey had there Primary program- they broke it up into jr and sr there are a ton of kids in their ward!) So I packed my stuff and went (in pants- I told them later they can say I was an investigator, or the truth I was traveling and I had no skirt) I managed to find my way back to their house so I could follow the google map instructions to get home (beleive me it was a little complicated) but the drive went smoothly and I made it home it time to take a small nap then get dressed for church and go to choir and meet with our Bishop... and I have a new calling!

The End.

I am the second counselor in the Primary Presidency.

Until next time


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Happy Veteran's Day

A little late I know, we've again been busy. Lots going on and lots still to do. This Veteran's Day I spent thinking about all those who are willing to serve our country and those families of those who have been in Iraq and other places. I am thankful for the freedom's I enjoy and those who have fought to keep it that way. Thank you all.

And here's a picture I stole from my childhood and now life long friend (off her FB) Deana and her husband Jacob, who just returned from Iraq on the 6th.

Don't you love this picture?