Monday, November 15, 2010

TodaysMama and Gamestop contest :)

Hi Everyone,

 I decided to take a few minutes of my recoup time to sign up for this awesome contest.  The questions also seemed pretty fun to answer too :) 

Mama’s Holiday Wish List Meme

TodaysMama (link to: http://bit.ly/tmwishlist) and GameStop (link to: http://bit.ly/gamestop10) are giving away a sleighful of gifts this holiday season and to enter I’m sharing this meme with you.


1. What is your holiday wish for your family? Have a happy and healthy holiday!  Enjoy the time with each other.
2. What is your Christmas morning tradition? We just started it two years ago, fresh monkey bread baking while we are opening presents.  We get it ready Christmas Eve before bed.  Just one more thing for the kiddos to be excited about. 
3. If you could ask Santa for one, completely decadent wish for yourself, what would it be?
The Byzantine Castle of Molivos at the North part of Lesvos island.
Mytilene Greece :)  I have always dreamed of going to Greece to find out more of my great-great grandmother who I am named after.  My runners up would be either England or Germany.  I would love to this castle which happens to be in Bavaria where my "Becker" side comes from.
Schloss Neuschwanstein
4. How do you make the holidays special without spending any money? We try to make treats for our extended family and friends.  The most it is costing is our time.  My extended family this year is also doing a "talent" gift exchange.  We are sharing our talents of music, etc with each other instead of store bought gifts.
5. What games did you play with your family growing up? Monoploy and Dark Tower.  I also remember when we got our atari, I love Pac-man.
6. What holiday tradition have you carried on from your own childhood?  Grandma's house on Christmas Eve.  Also hanging the ornaments on the tree as a family while listening to Christmas music.
7. Where would you go for a Christmas-away-from-home trip? Most likely to Ohio.  We've never spent a Christmas with my family in Ohio.  Fortunately, we've been able to kidnap my parents for different years.   
8. Check out GameStop (link to: http://bit.ly/gamestop10) and tell us, what are the three top items on your GameStop Wish List this year?  DSi XL's for both Zoe and Emma.   Call of Duty Black Ops for Adam and Del and then Donkey Kong Returns or Wii Sports for me and the munchkins.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Pres Monson :)

I just have to say, I thank Thee O God for a Prophet!!! For years I have sat back in silent admiration for our dear, loving prophet. I have been inspired and humbled by many of his wonderful teachings. I know that I'm not really supposed to share many of my work experiences but I couldn't help share a wonderful, humorous side of our prophet.

Monday night I took a call from Pres Monson, he was looking for one of his secretaries who happened to not be available. He said that he would try again later and that maybe he would take a drive. He joked and even mentioned taking a walk on the boardwalk. I don't know how it happened but all of a sudden he and I were talking about Monopoly and he was quizzing me on the different names on the Monopoly board. I have to admit I must be a lousy Monopoly player, I could only remember a few of the properties. I even cheated a little and tried to google the Monopoly board for help. Pres Monson just laughed and said he's played longer than I have. He knew every property. It was the best 10 minutes I have had in a very long time. I love our Prophet and I love his laughter! I also love that he took just a few minutes out of his busy schedule to joke with me and make me laugh.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

"Pajanimals" - "La-La-Lullaby"




This is Seth's favorite lullaby :) He loves to sing this before bed. We go down to the computer, find it on youtube and then we sing it together. He is very picky about the parts too. Mommy sings all of the parts except for the duck. He loves singing the ducks part. I melt whenever I hear him trying to sing it by himself. Now if I can just find the CD somewhere :)

Love you Seth.

My New Life




I found this clip about Stephanie Nielson by accident. For the past year I have been reading her story as she deals with the struggles and challenges of starting her life over. I started reading just a few days before she was to come out of her coma. I was so inspired by this woman that I have never met. I am still inspired by her. There are some days that I think "why me". Why do I have to go through this? It is normally something small, something that seems big at the time but is really not. I read her words and it makes me stop and think, that "why me" moment is actually a blessing in disguise. It is a learning moment given to me by our Heavenly Father. It is up to me to decide, am I going to lay back down and curl up in a ball or am I going to stand up and face the situation head on. I also find myself looking at my family differently. I have always tried to make sure that I tell my children that I love them. I tell them that they are beautiful or handsome. But I want them to really believe those words. I do a little more hugging, a little less grouching :) I want them to know that not only Mom and Dad love them but that our Heavenly Father loves them, NO MATTER WHAT!

Just a few thoughts :) Happy Saturday!!

Friday, April 30, 2010

Gratitude list for my "chillins"

About two weeks ago, I went to pick up my vacuum and move it away from our stairs so noone would get hurt. Unfortunately, I forgot to tell myself that. As I picked it up and turned I felt a sharp pain go thru the upper shoulder area of my back. Great! I pulled something. That's ok I thought, it'll be ok tomorrow. Well, seems like tomorrow kept going and going and here we are two weeks worth of "tomorrows". I started going to the chiropractor last Thurs. I did not like him for probably the next 4 days. Yesterday I finally started to like him. The pain is going away :) No more feeling like my breaths been taken away. Woohoo!! I can also pick up Caleb out of his crib and not feel like I'm going to cry. Woohoo, even better. Who can resist picking up such a cute little dude! Anyway, my kiddos yesterday did some little but huge things for me. I don't think they really realize how much I appreciate it so I am making sure that all of you know how much I appreciate it :) Maybe it will leak back to them. It started out with Josh. He finished up the sememster at LDSBC 2 weeks ago and every morning he gets Emma and Seth breakfast and then takes Emma to school. Oh how I love that. I actually am getting more than 4 hrs of sleep on nights that I work. When he got back I heard some noise coming from the bathroom. At first I thought it was Seth in there playing with his tub toys. Low and behold it was actually Josh cleaning the bathroom. He must have been reading my mind. I have wanted to do that the past 3 days. You can only look at the same spot on the mirror for so long. I then heard my bedroom door get shut and then mumbling of Adam and Josh talking. Josh left for work and a little bit later, I hear Adam asking Zoe, Emma and Seth to help pick up toys, shoes, coats, whatever it was out of the front room and family room. WOW!!! That is huge. Normally I have to beg Adam to do stuff like that. Not only did he help the little kids pick-up and vacuum, he finished off his dishes, he mopped my kitchen floor (I LOVE the mopping fairy when he shows up) and he tiddied up the puppy area in the kitchen. I am soooooooo grateful that he did that for me. What a nice surprise!!

Other nice surprise....Zoe had her homework done right after school. She even had her reading and spelling words done that we normally do Friday mornings before school because we've both forgotten about it.

Again....WOW, are these my kids???? Ahhhh, it's moments like this that make me just smile from ear to ear.

HAPPY FRIDAY!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Service Project Update

This is info I received from Bree Strong. Her mom visited our troop and discussed what her organization, Healing Hands for Haiti, does for the people of Haiti. She talked to the girls about the recent earthquake and what the people must be going through. Our troop collected items to make hygiene kits for her to take to Haiti last week. Here is update regarding the trip.

Dear Friends-

First of all I want to say THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for all the donations for Haiti we received!!! We received enough donations to make 140 hygiene kits (put together with love by Birkley & Peyton's girl scout troup & our neighborhood boy scouts) and a TON of clothing & blankets. We packed up all the hygiene kits and as much of the clothes as we thought they would take and delivered them to the pick up location Tuesday night. There was a TON of stuff.

I am amazed at the humble & giving people I am friends with and I am grateful for all of your willingness to jump at the chance to help someone else. You are each truly wonderful people! THANK YOU!

After all that, my mom didn't end up going! :) Apparently, things were a little disorganized and the plans of the group changed, which made it so my mom was not going to be able to accomplish the things she was planning on for Healing Hands for Haiti's compound. So, in an effort to be helpful, not harmful, she gave up her seat to a medical volunteer. I know it was hard for her not to go, but I know that with the changes that were being made, it didn't make a lot of sense for her to go anymore and she feels good about it.

I'm pretty sure our stuff got on the plane for Haiti...no one has called me to come and pick it up! :)

The leftover clothing & blankets you all donated will be shipped separately to Haiti with Healing Hands in the next few months.

Again, thank you for stepping up and showing me what it truly means to serve! THANK YOU!

Bree

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Girl Scout Troop 2233 Service Project for Haiti

Hi Everyone,

As I'm sure all of you are aware, there has been a great deal of loss in the country of Haiti. When I met with my Girl Scouts on Tuesday night, I asked them if they were aware of the earthquake that had occured and if they would like to do something to help. Immediately, every hand went up. Before I had a chance to offer the suggestions to the girls that I had, they started pouring out ideas of different ways we could help. It ranged from making blankets, donating all of our cookie money they are currently trying to earn, sending clothing and so forth. We have decided upon two organizations that we would like to help. The first is Healing Hands for Haiti and the other is Soles 4 Souls. Healing Hands main focus in the past has been to help those who have disabilities obtain prosthetics and the rehabilitation they need. Soles 4 Souls collects new or gently used shoes to send to those in need.

I know that most of you have recently assisted my son Adam with his Eagle Project to make Hygiene Kits for the Road Home Shelter here in Midvale and we have greatly appreciated your support and generosity. You may also be wondering what you can do for those in Haiti. Our troop has decided to make hygiene kits as well to donate to Healing Hands and also collect shoes for Soles 4 Souls. We will only be collecting items until this coming Tues, Jan 26th so that we can assemble the kits and get them to Haiti as quickly as possible. If your willing to help with supplies, below is a list of what is needed. If you'd also like to help us assemble them, feel free to stop at our Ward building on Tues night at 6:30. We will be having a guest from Healing Hands for Haiti speaking to the girls about the service they render.

Hygiene kits provide disaster victims with basic items necessary for health and cleanliness.

Assembly Instructions
2 unbreakable combs (no sharp handles)
4 toothbrushes (packaged)
1 tube of toothpaste (6-8 oz., no pumps)
2 bars of soap (approximately 4 to 5 oz.)
2 hand towels (new towels, approximately 15" by 25". Please do not use dish towels or washcloths. To sew towels, serge or zigzag the edges of terry cloth to make a 15" by 25" towel.)
Place items in a heavy-duty, one-gallon sealable bag. Remove all air before sealing.

Items can be dropped off at my home between now and Tuesday or they can be delivered to the church on Tuesday night. I will be arriving at the church by 6pm.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via phone or email. I will be working my graveyard shift the remainder of the week and unable to take calls before 11:30am.

Thanks again for all the support!

Kim Price
Girl Scout Troop 2233
801-567-1190 (hm) or 801-455-0266 (cell)

PS....please feel free also to forward this on to anyone that may read your blogs. Thanks :)