Monday, October 27, 2008

Holidays...

So while leaving a comment on my friends post, that I admit was getting way too detailed (my comment, not her post!), I thought of an idea for a post. And even if no one cares, maybe my posterity one day will. These are the order of my favorite holidays. Side note: I'm not big into traditions on holidays, (although I have plenty), but I much prefer traditions on random days.

1. Easter: I love the simplicity of the holiday, yet the richness of the meaning. I love seeing my tulips and daffodils in my garden and understanding the realness and truthfulness of the resurrection. I also LOOVVVEEE Cadbury Creme Eggs and Mini Eggs.
2. Thanksgiving: I do love my extended family TONS (they all know it too!), but like I told them last night, it isn't all about the company...it is so about the FOOD! Homemade everything-rolls, dressing, gravy, potatoes, pies, etc. I didn't even celebrate my "first thanksgiving" until I was 14 years old. However, I do remember as a child the occasional year, when "a Thursday" would roll around and my mother would be teary eyed and weepy. She would mention something about "Thanksgiving in America" and I would have no idea what it meant. Really, though I love that Thanksgiving are about food and family and truly giving thanks. No gifts, no surprises, no commercialism. Just food, family, thankful hearts and love in abundance. (And family, don't worry-I think I enjoy your company as much as the food.)P.S. I don't agree with people when they say Thanksgiving gets ignored in the commercialism of Christmas, I think they go hand-in-hand together (even though Christmas is further down on my list...)
2. July 4th-Which actually is a tie with Thanksgiving for 2nd favorite holiday. It is probably pretty self-explanatory after reading my last post. But who doesn't love to remember our freedoms and see flags waving, anthems sung and of course play in my Mandatory Annual 4th July Water Baseball BBQ.
4. Christmas-I like the month of December and love Christmas Eve, however, I actually don't like Christmas Day. I agree with my friend Becky (who is the reason for this post!), it isn't that I don't love celebrating the Savior's birth, I do. I don't like what the world has turned Christmas into.
The following are all tied for last place.
St. Patrick's Day-WE AREN'T IRISH-WHY SHOULD WE FEEL LIKE WE ALL HAVE TO WEAR GREEN. I lived in England for 14 years (duh-mentioned before), my very best friend across the street was part of a very Irish family. And guess what? Even they didn't celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Occasionally, there would be the odd St. Patrick's card on their mantle-but none of this leprechaun and wearing green nonsense! Although, my kids do love Nana's green dinner.
Valentine's Day-I love my husband. He loves me. We don't need a special day to have our love remembered. And why in the world do we have to celebrate IT IN SCHOOLS!!?? PATHETIC. However, I do LOVE my mother's nice formal Valentine's Dinner (for kids too)-we celebrate "family love" not "romantic love."
Halloween-Another holiday, that I didn't grow up with. I never went Trick or Treating until I was 14!(14 is such a familiar age...) Again, WHY WASTE A DAY CELEBRATING IT IN SCHOOL?! Heaven forbid, in what is considered a Christian nation, we can't even mention Christ's birth or death at school, but let's by all means celebrate Halloween and Valentine's day. (FYI-I tried bribing my kids this year that they could skip school the day of the parade/parties. They don't want to!)
OK-I'll get off my soap box now. Happy Holidays, as we head into the "holiday season" and I say that now because on Saturday morning, "Christmas" will be playing on the radio (which I actually don't mind) and marketed even more heavily in the stores. Happy Holidays.....

Saturday, October 25, 2008

"There Ain't No Doubt I Love This Land..."



FINALLY, at the age of 34 and after living in the United States of America for 20 years, I can say, I am an AMERICAN CITIZEN. I am so proud. I truly am. You can count on me being at my local voting center on Tuesday, November 4th, 2008. I know myself well enough to imagine, there will be tears in my eyes, and joy in my heart as I participate for the first time in an election. Though there is so much negativity surrounding the elections, the candidates and the country as a whole. There is no doubt in my mind that we live in a nation that was founded by God. (Doctrine and Covenants 101:80)We are a blessed people, and if we hesitate to go exercise our right to vote, we need to be reminded that we may one day be held accountable for that choice.

Just prior to the 1992 Presidential Elections I was having a so-called “political conversation” with my grandfather who was a great patriot. We were discussing who he was going to vote for and who I would vote for if I had voting rights. As one of the candidates name came up as a possibility I replied (with all my political prowess), “Grandpa, Isn’t that throwing away your vote? There is absolutely no way he is going to win.” My Grandpa’s reply broadened our conversation and taught me a great lesson I will never forget. He said, “Tiffany the Lord will one day hold us accountable for how we support our political leaders. He referred me to Doctrine and Covenants 134:1 which reads:

“We believe that the governments were instituted of God for the benefit of man; and that he holds men accountable for their acts in relation to them, both in making laws and administering them, for the good and safety of society.”

So as fellow citizens of the United States, let us each make sure and vote. I know that if we are studied, wise and prayerful, we will know who the best candidates are for us individually to vote for.

"... God Bless the USA"

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The End

My dear brother Casey (hi Casey!), was less than amused at the thought of "a fourth birthday post." So I will keep it short, (and picture free as my cable is broken!?). I had a wonderful birthday. Thank you everyone for all your comments, visits, gifts, phone calls and love. I am truly blessed. Until next year...

Finally...TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY,SHOUT HOORAY!!


Hooray, Hooray, Hooray-are those the distant sounds I hear from all you readers? So we have well and truly covered the fact that I LOVE MY BIRTHDAY! So why don't ALL of you reading take a moment and comment why you love ME!? I hope I have a great day.
Happy Birthday Tiffany!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Birthday Eve

OK-So of course the last post covered the fact that my birthday is kind of a big deal (to me!). Well, how lucky am I that not only do I have a whole day to celebrate, but TECHNICALLY I get to begin celebrating each year (since 1988) on October 21st at 5:55pm. Let me explain why.
I was born October 22nd (DUH) at 12:55am. I was born in England. When my mom called her mom in Utah to tell her I was born, my grandmother said, (I'm sure among many congratulatory and happy things), "Oh, October 21st." My mother had to correct her and say, "No, the 22nd, it is already the 22nd here."

My 14th birthday was my first birthday in America. And you better believe it-that every year, I make sure everyone around me knows when my birthday has officially begun. 5:55pm tonight will officially mark my 34th year of life accomplished! Perfect that someone who LOVES their birthday so much gets seven extra hours to enjoy it!
P.S. Don't try to tell me that it should end officially 7 hours early. I will celebrate as long as it is the 22nd in the time zone I am in.

P.P.S. My children woke up to the sounds of someone (hmmm wonder who?) singing the line, "Tomorrow's my birthday, shout hooray." They even spontaneously started singing it as they got ready for school. However, Ellie, poor Ellie who is home with me ALL DAY finally, said, "Can you not sing it anymore please?"

Monday, October 13, 2008

What is MISSING???!!!!????

I am pretty certain there are very few adults in my ward, besides me, who have a count-down to their birthdays a month in advance, and/or have a difficult time falling asleep the night before their birthday.

I LOVE my birthday. I have every year. I don't think others need to make a big deal of my birthday, but it should NOT BE THE ONLY BIRTHDAY OMITTED FROM THE WARD NEWSLETTER. Someone completely skipped over the 22nd-as though the day doesn't even exist! IT DOES EXIST. October 22nd is MY BIRTHDAY. One of the happiest days of the year! It is only 9 days away.....

Good thing I'm not one to hold a grudge....

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Today's Megan's Birthday, Shout Hooray...

So officially, tonight at 6:25pm, Megan turned 10 years old! 10 YEARS OLD! Where have the years gone???

After having big birthday parties (theme, party favors (often homemade!), guest visitors (one year Barney!, fancy cakes) for her last 9 birthdays, she thought it would be a novelty to have a 'family party!' and wanted a cake that was a "rectangle with 10 on it." EASY, EASY, EASY!! and with her birthday, falling on a Sunday this year, it worked out perfectly.

We went to The Mayan for dinner yesterday, with her friend Kassi from American Fork, and of course Nana and Grandpa. (When I clarified last week with Megan that she only wanted us and Kassi, she said, "Well duh, of course Nana and Grandpa too."

Megan woke us up before 6am, too excited to sleep any longer. Mike doesn't understand, I completely do. (If you've always been blessed to have good birthdays you know the anticipation and excitement that surrounds them.) We did make her wait until 7am before she awakened Joshua, Ellie and Luke-who of course wake up willingly and happily when it is any member of the family's birthday (I am convinced birthday excitement is NATURE not NURTURE!!!)

We opened presents, had a cooked breakfast (courtesy of Daddy), the kids tested out her new coloring set, we all showered/dressed and were in our seats at 8:55am waiting for church to begin!!

Later, Nana and Grandpa, Uncle Casey and Aunt Cindy and the Evans family joined us for dinner and cake/ice cream. And of course, according to tradition, we took turns around the table telling Megan why we each like her. (Just a few responses: She is polite, energetic, responsible, gave me her candy at church...)We missed Uncle James and Kristin, but Ellie kept reminding us ("They are on a big ship kind of by Florida"-(a honeymoon Caribbean Cruise)

Megan was lucky to receive many nice gifts; books, pajamas, clothes, girly jewelery/makeup stuff, CD, DVD, giftcard, money and cook books.

Happy Birthday Megan-We love you and are so glad you are part of our family.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

My Baby Brother Is Married!?!

 
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I can recall clearly the day when my older brother Matt, walked into my 6th grade classroom and said, "The baby is born. It's a boy!" I was shocked-what about the pink clothes my mother had bought, not to mention the fact she called "him" 'Becky' almost the whole pregnancy?!

And now, almost 23 years later, James is married!! What a fun couple of days we have had. A classy wedding dinner, a simple yet eternal ceremony, a beautiful reception and family and friends gathered together.

We are happy for James and Kristin and wish them a lifetime of happiness together.

Even though Ellie LOVES Kristin, she keeps saying with a sad voice, "I really wish James would still live at Nana's."


We Love You James & Kristin. Congratulations.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

ACCORDING TO ELLIE...

"It is Christmas tomorrow. Heavenly Father told me that. Should we go to the store to get a tree?"

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Saturday visit to the ER

Poor Megan! A broken piece of glass and 6 stitches later!
 
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Luke showing his nice brother side with a homemade get well picture!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

7 Random Facts About....ME!


1. Mike and I do not have "sides" in bed. In fact, every few nights if I think we have slept on one side too long, I make us switch so we don't "get sides."
2. When all my kids are eventually in school, I want to work at a grocery store as a BAGGER! I think I would do a very good job!
3. At a restaurant I like to save most of my salad to eat with my main course. Once at a restaurant with all of my family, I burst into tears when the waitress took my salad away without me seeing. Now everyone in my family/extended family is also protective of my salad to save THEM from the embarrassment when and if I cry.
4. I HATE the smell of playdough. It makes me sick to my stomach. It is a NO-NO at our house. I am horrible to admit, but I have ignored the pleading look on my children's faces as I have thrown it away after they have received it from a party favor/gift/trick or treating, etc.
5. When I was a little girl, I used to "play church" on the bottom stair. I have never "showed" or "told" Ellie about it. It must be hereditary though-she also plays church and does the EXACT SAME THINGS!
6. I am competitive when it comes to playing games. I LOVE games, but I do not enjoy them in large groups-at baby showers, ward activities, group parties, etc. I try to avoid playing as I can actually FEEL my blood pressure rising to unsafe levels.
7. I have never had a nosebleed before. As a child, I remember once laying in bed hitting my nose against the wall trying to induce a nose bleed! (It didn't work.)
Now tagging 7 people... Cindy, Kim, Michelle, Jen, Gina, Marisa, Karlyn.

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