Friday, November 30, 2012


Sometimes I miss my Mom so much it hurts!  But I know she is still with us and that we will be together again because Families are Forever.....but for right here and now, sometimes I just miss her!

At the Baby Shower we talked about Mom and about how the last Shower she was at was Allison's wedding Shower and how much fun she had and we talked about the cute picture we have of my Mom laughing with Bessie Treber as they fold all the tissue paper from the gifts.  Because of course we can't throw any of it away....

She would have loved going to this shower too, she would have been thrilled to have a great grand daughter on the way.....

But she already knows this sweet spirit and probably helped hand picked her so that's kind of neat to think about.  She use to always joke that she auditioned her children in the delivery room, but now she is auditioning them before they come down to this earth, so I'm sure that this little one will be a very talented person if her Great Grandmother has anything to say about it.....and I have a feeling that she does!!

Tytan's school program....

I was a little more then bummed when I found out Thursday morning that Tytan was in a school program Thursday night.  They live in Plano and the program started at 6:00 pm and I don't get off work until 5:00 pm so there was no way that I could get there in time.....but luckily my sister, Elizabeth was there and took a picture and even videoed Tytan saying his line, so that I could still be apart of it!!

He was very excited about his program and was thrilled that Elizabeth and his Dad were there, but When Elizabeth tried to tell him how sorry I was that I couldn't come....his response was "She should just come".  I agree Tytan I should have just come and if life worked that way, I would have!! Lol! 

I also heard that Tytan got a great report card, all A's and only 1 C!  Great job Tytan.  Aunt Lois is proud of you!  Glad the program went well and that everyone had a good time.  I'll be there next time.....just make sure your Dad tells me about it before the day of......just sayin!!
Far right bottom row - Tytan Clay

The other day.....

The other day I was talking to Alan, and I mentioned to him, that our family really was blessed that Dad married Barbara after my mother passed away.  I know that this is not something that I have just realized.  I've known it from the beginning.  But maybe with Allison's baby shower just recently, it brought it to the forefront of my mind in a way that made me remember and truly appreciate out loud to Alan that - Not every family would so happily and quickly accept our extended family as their family as Barbara's have.  And I have to say, that it was very meaningful to me that at the Baby Shower Barbara's sisters where there celebrating with us as my Aunts, Allison's Great Aunts, and the baby's great great Aunts!  And as my heart was so full with all the love and support of our friends and family at the Baby Shower, I couldn't help but marvel at the way the Lord has made it possible for my children to have more family that loves and cares for them in this life and that is a precious gift!  I really think that is what Heavenly Father's Plan of Happiness is all about.

So Thank you, Beverly, Barbara, and Debbie

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

DWTS - I really want Melissa to win!!!

I really want Melissa to win.  I have liked her since the Bachelor, yes, the infamous show where Jason (I think his name was) decided to get unengaged to her....and then a few days later she was on Dancing With The Stars, replacing someone who got hurt with only 1 days practice ....and went all the way to the finals on Season 8.  I love that she found love, got married, and has a little girl her own Reality show.  I also want Tony (the Pro Dancer) to win, I feel that he has really paid his dues with some "bad" partners that to his credit he has made the most of, and tried to teach them, but some just wouldn't or couldn't not sure which.  And I think his choreography has been great this season, and he has had someone he could push the boundaries with and show what he can do!!

I'm a little afraid Shawn (gold medal gymnast) is going to win and I'm not sure why that bugs me, she was good and of course because of her gymnast background she could do some amazing things and there are a few dances I was totally in love with and re-watched a bazillion times, but I kind of feel like she thinks she deserves it or has it in the that makes me say, "If Melissa doesn't win, I hope Kelly (Soap opera star) does".  Kelly, she has really worked hard, and done some amazing dances and shown that she does deserve to be a winner, even though I'm fed up with Val's PDA!  But I still hope Melissa does, plus she's a Texan and us Texan's have to stick together!!

I loved Melissa's final free style, even though it wasn't a foot stomping, hand clapping, get into it kind of a was incredible to watch and was stunning!  I also liked Kelly's free style, and once again I feel like - of course Shawn could do those amazing tumbling tricks, she's a gold medalist, and I felt it was kind of cheating to have the "Fab 5" team mates dance with her....I don't know.....

Of course any of the girls that win, have earned it and I'll be happy for them, but I really hope it's Melissa!!  And here is some reasons why:

Pictures by ABC Dancing With The Stars




 I think she has been amazing this season - Season 15!

Blog Update:  They Won!!  I could not be happier!!  Yay!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Tell me why......

Can someone tell me why, when we/I have had such an amazing weekend with family and friends, why when the baby shower we planned for my daughter turned out even better than I could have ever dreamed, its now Monday morning and I'm a little sad.....not sad sad, but maybe a little let down.  Sunday I was still running on the high of the party, seeing my daughter and my Son-in-law and his wonderful family and then taught my Gospel Doctrine lesson and posted pictures from the baby shower which was like re-living the awesome experience all over again!!  But now, this morning I got up and got Aileen ready for the bus, started typing for the Doctors office that I do at home and can't believe how I felt.  A little more than "back to the grind stone" kind of a feeling.  And more than anything else this upsets me because it smacks of ingratitude!  And I would never want to be that.

So, the cure for feeling this way is to obviously count my blessings.  There are so many, too many to list here in this blog, but as I start to say them out loud in my prayer the little bit of sadness that I felt has gone away!  and I am so grateful for my family, my extended family, and such wonderful friends that would want me to have this special moment with my daughter as we both experience our first - first baby and first grand baby!!  I'm grateful that my son-in-law is so amazing, and that his family loves my daughter and I'm grateful for the great in-law relationship that we have, we have had many joint get togethers with weddings, graduations, birthday's, baby shower, and will have future baby blessings, baptisms etc... and we all work well together and enjoy our time together and I think that is possible because both sets of parents only want the best for their children and have a love for the Savior and the Gospel in our lives.   I'm grateful for a sister who loves my daughter as if she was her own and only wants the best for her and her little family and that I can always count on her.  I know if others in my family lived closer I could count on them too, but Elizabeth is right here and a great help to me.  I'm grateful for my parents all 3 and my in laws all 3 and the blessing they have been in my life as well as to my children's lives!  I'm most grateful for a loving Heavenly Father and my Savior, Jesus Christ and the knowledge that I have of their love, their tender mercies, and great blessings even through trials.

If I went on this post would never end....but just know, that I know I am truly blessed.

Special Thanks....

Special Thanks to my Dad, who watched Aileen for me from 9:30 am until about 2:30 pm so that I could go and set up, enjoy, and take down the Baby Shower!!  Alan had to work and I don't know what I would have done without your help!  Thanks Dad!!  I think Aileen liked knowing you were watching her too!!

Baby Shower - Part 5

O.K., for those of you who don't want to look at a ton of pictures of the gifts that she was given by so many wonderful the other 4 posts, they are shorter and still give you the feel and fun of the shower!!  Thanks to everyone who made this shower such a success and who have helped Allison get ready for her first baby girl!  I really can not say it enough, it was everything wonderful and more than I could have ever imagined and thank you so much!!