Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Glorious Fall!

It's official - only because I have deemed it so. I have been in denial that the days are turning cold... I love Fall, but I can do without the cold of winter. (Seriously, I don't look that good in a sweater.) Tee hee. If I could get away with only wearing hoodies from now until Spring, I would be perfectly fine with the cold, but... it just doesn't seem to be possible.

It became official after a beautiful weekend in Gordonsville, VA with Amber, Mike and the kiddos. We had a a great time -- even got to eat at TasteeFreez. So... tastee.

We spent some time on the lake fishin', took a hay ride, enjoyed the general splendor, played on the playground, swam in the pool, watched some Skins... It was just a nice R&R weekend. Here are some pictures. I couldn't get enough of the colors!!Enjoy!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

I win, I win!!

Friday night I went to a party to participate in some healthy competition... It was mostly healthy because I won it all!!! I even got a $20 Target gift card out of it.

The funniest thing about it -- this was video game competition. Not only do I hate video games, but I am terrible at playing video games. I, honestly, have NO idea how I pulled it off. Not only did I beat everyone out, I seriously slaughtered them!

The game was old school - Marvel vs. Capcom.

Here's my strategy:
1. Pick Captain America & Gambit
2. Jump up and down and take two deep breaths
3. Stretch out three fingers on the right hand
4. Push buttons as fast as you can while you direct the joy stick at your opponent
5. Be literally UNBEATABLE

It was quite a work out and, surprisingly, a lot of fun (winning is SO great!!!). The boys were impressed and my fingers were sore...

(P.S. It still would have been fun if I had lost. Let this be a lesson to you.)

Friday, October 17, 2008

I'm not even fishing

"I'm watching fishing.
I'm too lazy to fish!"

That comes from Brian Regan, who is a hilarious comedian, if you haven't heard him.

I was just thinking about how long it takes me in between blogs sometimes because I'm too lazy to blog -- I am just reading what everyone else is blogging about. Tee hee.

Some of you are quite interesting...

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Me? Complain?

If you're following my ramblings you know it's been a little bit since I rambled... So I feel the need to ramble. The problem is, what I really want to ramble about it kind of an oxy-moron, or double-negative, or... anyway... I hate to complain, but I am TIRED OF COMPLAINERS!! Tee hee. It really is killing me lately. I am getting complainy about complainers, now that is a bad sign. In all seriousness, I am just surrounded by way too much complaining. Seriously folks, lets stop dwelling on the negative and PLEASE STOP COMPLAINING -- especially to or around me. Ok, now I have done my complaining and I will stop.

Positive note:
I am overjoyed lately. You might say bubbly. Sure, there is plenty that I could ... there's that word again - complain about, but I am just too happy to complain. Why, you might ask?? Ok, then I guess I'll tell you... :)

1. Holiday Weekend -- no work on Monday= BABY DAY!!! I get to go play with my niece and nephews who are the completion of my life. My bro-in-law likes to mock me and call me the nanny/maid service, but nothing makes me happier than heading "down south" to spend a day with "my babies."

2. Conference Weekend -- Last weekend was that super-charge that I long for every six months. Any of you who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints know what I mean, and if you aren't you should really look it up. Conference weekend is when we, as Gods children, have the awesome opportunity to listen to prophets and apostles speak to us the words of Christ - give comfort, strength, chastising and, overall, warm fuzzies. It was a great weekend for me to get back in touch with who I know I am in the grand scheme of things as a daughter of a Father in Heaven who loves me and knows my every thought, desire, pain, sadness, weakness and every happiness. I need it every six months!! SUCH a blessing.

3. Only my right knee is swollen this week. Glorious.

4. I can walk today. Monday -Wednesday was... interesting. My back had a kink in it and I was walking like a little, old lady. I was getting mocked by the young punks in my office - whipper snappers!!

5. My oldest sister, Charlotte, reached out to me this week. I was so thrilled to hear from her -- I never hear from her!! It makes me so sad to be so distant from those I love. I feel so odd being the only one still in my SO VERY SINGLE state in my family. I feel like I'm forgotten sometimes... Its difficult feeling like the phone or email or whatever only goes one way. Sometimes I would just love it if, despite their busy, married lives, they remembered me every once in a while... *sigh* There I go complaining... Done! So, Charlotte and I texted all afternoon and it was wonderful to be remembered!!

6. My baby brother just turned 25 AND found out he's going to be a daddy again. Yay. Joy. Nothing makes a happy aunty more happy than adding another kiddo to the basket.

7. I have two living grandmothers. Both of these grandmothers have birthdays coming this week. This just reminds me how much I love and appreciate them and the precious gifts they gave. I love that saying: "All because two people fell in love." So, here's my thank you to Fancy Jayne and Mardell for giving the gift of those "two people who fell in love." I love my parents. They are the best. Thanks Marmie and Daddy.

See, life is so good. I gotta lotta love and a lotta gratitude; that's all you need to have a good life. Love much. Give all.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Time to take a stand

So... yesterday... when I was TOTALLY working...

I signed up on the McCain website. My new weekend activity will include me making phone calls and knocking on doors -- "Put the country first." It's time for CJ to take a stand.

Now, I have no idea who is reading this and I have no idea your political stand, but I just want you to know who/what I am standing for.

A couple of things provoked this new drive for me, but the one that is mostly on my mind:
I have a friend who will be out of the country for 2 years and I got to thinking, "What kind of America do I want him to come home to?"

Now, if you know me even a little bit you know that I am an All-American Girl. I LOVE AMERICA. What kind of America do I want? I want the kind of America where we stand up for what we believe in. I believe in an America where all people can thrive. I believe that government belongs in Washington and out of my kitchen (even though my kitchen is pretty close...). I believe that all babies deserve to be born - no matter the form they were conceived or the form they may enter the world (be it deformed, disabled or disfigured). I believe that all CITIZENS deserve a good education and opportunities to improve their situation. I believe marriage to be defined as a relationship between a man and women - without any deviation, whatsoever. I believe, as Americans, we should never be content to take hand-outs (our welfare program is seriously messed!!) and that would should always be seeking way to give back what we have been given. I believe that we are, in deed, endowed with certain inalienable rights. I believe God has truly blessed - and continues to bless - America. We as American citizens owe it to one another to stand up for what we believe is right. Whether you agree with me on all, some or none of my beliefs you have a right and a duty to find out who is your best candidate is, what you believe in and then fight the good fight.

Let's "get out the vote."