Thursday, November 27, 2008

So Much To Be Grateful For

Today is Thanksgiving and it gives me an opportunity to really reflect on how blessed my life is. In Karen's blog she talked about how tradition in our family has it that we go around the table and say a few of the things we are thankful for. Since we are missing so much of our family this year we will use this technology to still "go around the table".

Firstly I am thankful for the gospel of Jesus Christ that has taught me to have gratitude and see my life with an eternal perspective. I feel that I am married to the most wonderful man in the world. Jack dedicates his life to doing for others, he carries me through tough times and ALWAYS has my back. He loves our family unconditionally and works so hard to support us. I just can't say enough about him.... I am blessed to be sealed to him for time and eternity. I have been blessed with a wonderful family, I was raised with strong dutch traditions and strong family ties. Anyone who follows this blog has probably figured that out. My brothers and sisters have become my friends and spending time together is always a party (sometimes just a Work party). My children are the joy of my life! They are now growing up to adulthood and I couldn't be any prouder of the people they have become. They love the gospel and live it. Linda and Mario now have children that they are raising with a love for family and gospel as well. Of course I can't forget about my precious grandsons Adam and Tyler, words can't express the love I feel for them.

I know this is kind-of long but I have been blessed with so much. I live in a free country, belong to the true church on earth and have a wonderful family..... what more could I ever ask for.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

4th and 4th

This is my fourth picture in my fourth folder. It is a picture of Jennifer, Nikki, J.J. and Bobby on a hike this summer. I think it is at Eagle Ridge. In this picture it doesn't look so high but those a boats on the lake way down there! It was quite a climb.

Tag... anyone that reads this is it. Now lets see your 4th and 4th.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Eight Things

8 favorite TV shows:
The Office
The Simpsons
Desperate Housewives
30 Rock
My Name is Earl
Criminal Minds

8 Favorite Restaurants
Red Robin
Olive Garden
Ruth's Chris
Japanese Steakhouse

8 Favorite Books
Book of Mormon
Twilight (all of them)
Harry Potter (all of them)
To Kill A Mocking Bird
Crossword Puzzles
Romance Novels (most of them)
Decorating Magazines (can I count that?)
Gossip Magazines

8 Things That Happened Yesterday
Sang in the Stake Choir
Had Stake Conf. (New Presidency)
Drove around with Jack looking at birds
Took a Nap
Watched The Simpsons
Weeded Vinyl (what else)
Talked to the kids on the phone
Listened to some Christmas music (yes, I know)

8 Things I am Looking Forward To
Seeing Jennifer and Daniel for Thanksgiving
Going to bed tonight
The Weekend
Twilight Movie
Seeing all of my family together at Christmas
Robison Family Reunion
Christmas Craft Shows

8 Things on my Wish List
A car that goes faster than 35 MPH
To see my kids
To see my grandsons
My Dad to Feel Better
A peaceful holiday season
I can't thinks of anything else I could want
8 Things I Like About Fall
Pumpkin Pie Candle Scent
Fall Decorating
Beautiful Colors of Nature
Halloween Chocolate
Wearing Jackets and Sweaters
Absolutely NOTHING ELSE (I like summer)


Sunday, November 9, 2008

Harvest Ball

Harvest Ball is one of the huge annual fundraisers for the Pacific Ballroom organization. It is always a very elegant catered affair. It was held at the Temple Theater in Tacoma. We had a lovely dinner, great company and the kids put on a terrific show.

I love the way that the Pacific Ballroom program is such a positive outlet for teen aged kids. Watching them dance and interact with each other is fun.
The first order of business was the three hour "getting ready" stage. This included about three pounds of stage make-up, false eye lashes and tons of hair gel. Pam was Michelle's beautician.

The pictures were hard to get because the kids were moving so fast but here are some of our favorites.

Michelle in "Singin in the Rain"a foxtrot she was so cute she just has this huge smile.

Laura in "The House of Bamboo" a mombo. She can sure move those hips. Yikes!

Sarah was in a quick step they did a routine to "Blue Skies".

All in all it was a great evening and I think the kids had a good time because it was really hard for us to get them to leave and go home!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election Day

Don't Blame me, I voted Republican! It was a rough day for the right today. We took quite a hit but I think that we can turn things around when people find out that we actually need to pay for all of the promises made on the left. The one bright light is that proposition 8 passed in California so marriage is safe there for the time being.

The one big problem I have with the whole election thing is that I feel that our votes way out here in the west don't really matter because by the time our polls close, everything is already decided. I am not really sure if I totally agree with the electoral college. Here is a map of US counties, colored red and blue to indicate Republican and Democratic majorities respectively: looks to me like this country still is pretty red, that gives me more hope for the future!